Ellyn Ferguson

Podcast: The Risks to Trump's Unconventional Approach to Tariffs, North Korea
CQ on Congress, Episode 94

President Donald Trump, right, and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House March 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

CQ trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson and defense reporter John M. Donnelly spell out the risks posed by President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and his agreement to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Show Notes:

Beer, Auto and Plane Industries Could Be Hurt by Tariffs
Trump, Ross keep drumbeat for imposing tariffs while industries fret

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross downplayed the effect of tariffs on U.S. consumers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While the Trump administration on Friday continued to downplay the potential economic effects of imposing double-digit tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, experts continued to worry about widespread effects throughout the economy. 

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross went on CNBC Friday to say market plunges in the wake of Thursday's tariff announcement were overblown and the economic effect would amount to little for consumers. 

Trump Says He’ll Impose Tough Steel, Aluminum Tariffs
Business groups, allies, congressional free traders not on board

The office of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released a report this week saying other countries should watch it with unfair trade practices, a prelude to today’s announcement that tariffs were forthcoming on foreign steel and aluminum. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he intends to impose steep tariffs next week on all steel and aluminum imports to protect domestic manufacturers from cheaper foreign products, a move metal producers and their unions support as steel-using industries brace for higher costs and loss of jobs.

“We’ll be signing it next week. And you’ll have protection for a long time in a while. You’ll have to regrow your industries, that’s all I’m asking,” the president said, according to the White House pool report. 

As NAFTA Talks Resume, New Business Poll Backs Staying in Pact
President meets with key lawmaker over future of pact

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, whose committee oversees trade matters, will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss trade matters. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Amid the latest round of NAFTA talks and a White House meeting with a key lawmaker on trade, a poll released by a business group Monday found that a majority of its members believe that the U.S. economy would be adversely affected if President Donald Trump follows through on his threats to withdraw from the trade agreement.

The policy poll conducted by the National Association for Business Economics comes a day after the United States, Canada and Mexico met in Mexico City for the seventh round of talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement. The session ends March 5.

GOP Frets as Trump Calls U.S. Stupid on Trade
Republicans warn president about setting off tariff battle

President Donald Trump signs a copy of the book ‘Let Trump Be Trump’ in the House chamber after his State of the Union address on January 30, 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Several Republican lawmakers did Tuesday what few of their colleagues have since Donald Trump took office: They challenged one of the president’s core principles to his face.

Sen. Roy Blunt was among those who warned Trump against starting a trade war with other countries on which many U.S. companies buy goods and materials.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
G.I. Joe’s new comrade Cadet Bone Spurs, missing the memo and Cummings’ mother passes

Reps. Drew Ferguson, R-Ga., and Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., talk after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Trump Says US Has Turned Page on Trade
“The era of economic surrender is totally over”

President Donald Trump, seen here with Speaker Paul D. Ryan in the Capitol last November, said future trade relationships will be “fair and reciprocal.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump repeated his threats to punish trade partners in his State of the Union address Tuesday and echoed his World Economic Forum message that his administration will battle other partners it thinks are using predatory trade practices against U.S. companies and the American economy.

In brief comments about trade, Trump offered a little red meat to voters who backed him largely because of his “America First” push and mistrust of international trade deals.

Podcast: Trump's Tangled War on Trade
CQ on Congress, Episode 88

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump pose for photographs at the White House October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. The United States, Canada and Mexico are currently engaged in renegotiating the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

CQ trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson looks at whether President Donald Trump will impose more tariffs and withdraw from more international trade agreements in 2018, or pursue a more moderate path.


White House Backs Expanding Security Review of Foreign Deals

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., has concerns that some reviews might hamper legitimate purchases by foreign firms. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Pending legislation that would expand the reach of a panel’s national security review of foreign business transactions would not discourage foreign investment in the United States or business deals with U.S. companies, Trump administration officials told a Senate committee Thursday.

Heath P. Tarbert, assistant secretary of the Treasury for International Markets and Investment Policy, said bipartisan legislation by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would strengthen one line of defense against adversarial foreign interests gaining access to sensitive military information or important current and emerging technology.

ACLU Challenges Lawmakers Who Block People on Social Media
Reps. Gosar, Lewis among group’s targets

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., is the defendant in a lawsuit for blocking a constituent on social media. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging Democrats and Republicans for blocking constituent social media, citing constitutional free speech protections.

The group has assumed the case of a woman who filed suit against Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar last September for blocking her access to his Facebook page.