The Trump administration shouldn’t pick trade fights with is allies, and instead "be nice with nice guys and tough with tough guys,” Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said Sunday.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Hurd said he would “absolutely” support legislation in the House to require the president to get congressional approval before enforcing tariffs.
“Congress has shared our responsibility when it comes to trade with the executive branch over the last couple of decades,” he said, adding: “I spent nine and half years as an undercover officer in the CIA… One of the things I learned is be nice with nice guys and tough with tough guys.”
“We are lucky to have Canada and Mexico as our neighbors,” he said. “A sound foreign policy does not mean penalizing your allies while you're rescuing a Chinese company that clearly violated U.S. sanctions,” he said referring to Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE.
Hurd also said he expects votes on immigration bills this month, despite refusal so far by House leaders.
"They're not my bosses,” he said. “My bosses are the 800,000 people that I represent in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. That's where I'm working on this issue... We're adding votes every single day” for the immigration votes, he said.
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