Walker visits Bemis in Oshkosh to talk about tariffs

Gov. Scott Walker visits Bemis in Oshkosh to talk about tariffs, March 6, 2018. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WLUK) -- Last week, President Donald Trump proposed a tax of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum. On Tuesday, Gov. Walker visited two Wisconsin companies that he believes may be hurt by the tariffs.

One of those companies was Bemis in Oshkosh. Bemis relies on the ultra-thin aluminum foil for packaging products and some of the aluminum is imported.

"There is only one company in all of America that can supply that and they don't supply enough to cover Bemis, let alone the other companies that do similar work in Wisconsin," Walker explained.

Trump says without his planned tariffs, American steel and aluminum companies will continue to go out of business.

Walker said he applauds Trump's intentions of preserving the industries in the U.S., but Walker said putting tariffs on imports will do the reverse.

"It will actually cost us American jobs; it'll cost us jobs here in the state of Wisconsin," said Walker.

Walker said he's worried about the consequences of a trade war. If the tariffs go through, the European Union said it will impose its own tariffs on American products like Harley-Davidson.

"My ultimate concern is that will encourage companies based here in Wisconsin or across America to say, maybe they'll have to look at going somewhere else, to a country that doesn't have tariffs on aluminum and in other cases, steel," said Walker.

Walker said he, along with other Wisconsin officials, are asking Trump to reconsider.

"We respectfully ask the President of the United States to reconsider that policy to hear our concerns like places in Wisconsin," Walker said.

Walker also visited Seneca Foods in Janesville.

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