"This is good news," said Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN). "China’s smart to come to the table. Everyone would benefit if China would stand down, drop their unfair trade practices and embrace free trade once and for all."
"During this delay period, we urge the administration to develop an effective strategy to address China’s unfair trade practices by working with our allies instead of using unilateral tariffs that cost American jobs and hurt consumers," said David French, a top official with the National Retail Federation.
Democrats meanwhile continued to denounce the President's trade fight with China, echoing the complaints of major business and agricultural groups.
"Unfortunately, today’s announcement doesn’t address the vast majority of tariffs that are driving uncertainty, putting farmers out of business and causing small businesses to slow hiring," said the group Tariffs Hurt the Heartland.
"Trump's trade wars are a major threat to the economy," said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA).
"Between Mother Nature and Trump’s trade war, there’s no doubt this is a difficult time for our agricultural economy," said Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL).
"How about just not starting a trade war, period?" said Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN).
On Monday, the Treasury Department raised its forecast for how much money U.S. companies would have to pay in order to import Chinese goods, raising the estimate to $81 billion in 2019 - almost double the $41 billion collected from tariffs in 2018.
At a stop in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, President Trump made no bones about his support for tariffs as a way to help spur job creation in the United States, arguing that other nations have held an unfair edge under past trade deals.
“They have been screwing us for years,” the President said.