Ryan urges Trump to back away from tariff plan

House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies of President Donald Trump are pleading with him to back away from his threatened international tariffs, which they fear could spark a dangerous trade war.

Trump says he's "not backing down."

The president says Canada and Mexico will not be spared from his plans for special import taxes on steel and aluminum, but he is holding out the possibility of later exempting the longstanding friends if they agree to better terms for the U.S. in a revised North American Free Trade Agreement.

A spokeswoman for Ryan says the GOP leader is "extremely worried" that the proposed tariffs would set off a trade war and is urging the White House "to not advance with this plan."

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