US industry associations voice opposition to new tariffs on Chinese imports

"We're concerned that today's action will drive the Chinese from the negotiating table, reducing hope raised by a second round of talks that ended this week in Shanghai," US-China Business Council President Craig Allen said in a statement, in response to Trump's announcement. "We're concerned these additional tariffs will further erode our reputation as a reliable supplier, and our farmers, workers, and consumers will suffer more," said Allen, who also expressed his worries about potential retaliation from China. New tariffs will not facilitate an agreement, but only lead to more difficulties, he said, while calling on both parties to "refrain from the use of punitive tariffs and to resume talks without preconditions."