Governor Kay Ivey is warning that Alabama’s auto industry could be harmed if tariffs are imposed on U-S goods around the world. In a departure from President Donald Trump on the issue of trade, Ivey says import tariffs like those supported by the president would hurt the state. She asserts that import duties could cause retaliatory tariffs that would increase the cost of items made in Alabama and sold in other countries.
Almost 60-thousand people are employed by the automotive industry in Alabama. The Trump administration has already imposed duties on 50 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports as well as steel and aluminum from China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
Both of Alabama's U.S. senators have previously said they oppose the tariffs.