Sen. Johnny Isakson urged President Donald Trump Monday not to move forward with a planned increase on tariffs on foreign auto manufacturers.
Isakson and several other Senate Republicans met with Trump to try to head off the president’s plan to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on auto imports. Georgia is home to a huge Kia plant, while Atlanta serves as the North American headquarters for Mercedes-Benz.
“I told him, ‘We’ve worked very hard to become attractive. Now, you’re ready to tax [auto imports] more in America than in their own countries,’ ” Isakson said during a luncheon speech to the Rotary Club of Atlanta. “I don’t believe tariffs are a good way to run a railroad or build friendships.”