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The weaponization of tariffs to pressure some countries is going to hurt our country

President Trump is right to pressure China to change its protectionist trade and business practices, but he should not be using tariffs do it, a top official at the world’s largest business lobbying group said Monday.⠀

“The weaponization of tariffs — the increase of threats on our economy, on our farmers, our manufacturers, our consumers — is going to hurt our country. It also creates uncertainty with our trading partners,” Myron Brilliant, head of international affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told CNBC. “The world is watching,” he added.⠀

Shortly after Brillant’s interview, Trump called into CNBC to argue his case for why tariffs are effective. The president also blasted the Chamber of Commerce.⠀