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Tech lobbying groups rail against tariffs

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Tech lobbying groups rail against tariffs

The technology industry on Friday voiced its frustration as President Trump ’s tariffs on roughly $34 billion worth of Chinese goods took effect.

Lobbying groups representing major technology companies voiced their displeasure with the administration’s decision to go through with the tariffs.

“The decision to impose tariffs on Chinese goods will harm American consumers and businesses without addressing discriminatory and systemic Chinese trade practices and policies,” said Josh Kallmer, the vice president for policy at the Information Technology Industry Council, a lobbying group whose members include Apple, Oracle and Intel.

“It is troubling that the Administration continues to assume that the imposition of tariffs will convince China to resolve complex trade issues, and irresponsible to downplay the impact on American workers and businesses,” Kallmer continued in a statement.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the largest tech lobbying association by its member count, offered similar criticism.

“A trade war based on increasing tariffs hurts the United States and China, and businesses and consumers. A trade war doesn’t have winners — our markets are interconnected,” said Sage Chandler, vice president of government affairs and international trade at CTA.

“While China’s trade behavior is troubling, diplomacy through constructive bilateral processes can achieve the desired objectives without the disproportionate harm to the U.S.,” Chandler suggested in a post on the CTA website.

Multiple lobbying associations have long opposed the tariffs vocally.

The new tariffs are the result of Trump’s orders to take action against China for his belief that the country is engaging in unfair trade practices.

Trump has charged the country with stealing U.S. intellectual property and for subsidizing steel to artificially low prices, giving it unfair trade advantage.

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