"Imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on our most important trading partners is the wrong approach and represents an abuse of authority intended only for national security purposes," the statement said on Thursday.
"I disagree with this decision. Instead of addressing the real problems in the international trade of these products, today’s action targets America’s allies when we should be working with them to address the unfair trading practices of countries like China," Ryan said on Thursday.
Ryan said the administration can figure out better ways to protect American workers and businesses. The House speaker also promised to address this matter with the White House.
US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced earlier in the day that Washington would impose a 25-percent steel tariff and 10-percent aluminum tariffs on the EU, Canada, and Mexico, going into effect Thursday at midnight.
However, Canadian Foreign Minister Cynthia Freeland announced shortly after the US action that Ottawa would place duties on US steel and aluminum products on July 1 until Washington ends its own restrictions.