1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Kevin Brady, (R) Texas:
"The president's exactly right to go after China. He's the first president to really take them on head-on. I think a good solid agreement with China could actually create a new era of fair trade with China - fair for our farmers, our workers and our businesses. This is leverage to keep everyone at the table. You know, I'm hopeful that they can reach an agreement, a good solid agreement and that these tariffs can be removed."
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Barry Loudermilk, (R) Georgia:
"Well you know as a free trade advocate, you're never excited about any level of tariffs, but on the same hand you got to use the tools that you have available to bring the others that are not playing by the same rules that we're expected to play by, you've got to bring them to the table. And so while I hope this is short-lived, very short-lived, because it will have an impact on businesses. It will have an impact on our economy. I think the president is making a right call to stand tough."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Ann Kuster, (D) New Hampshire:
"It's taking people by surprise. They didn't expect it. Yesterday, I was talking to a machinist. These are the union, the people that work on bridges and, you know, they were very concerned. Fishermen, there were lobster fishermen and they were worried about the impact of the tariffs on lobster. So I think we're going to see a ripple effect through our economy and a lot of questions about what's the president's plan. What's the long term impact? He makes his decisions in such a just precipitous way that we don't really have a sense of where he's headed with this."
Congressional Republicans and Democrats said they hoped the tariffs on Chinese goods are "short-lived."
Some Republicans said that they understood and agreed with President Donald Trump's move to raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, escalating a battle over China's technology ambitions.
Yet they hoped that negotiations would resolve with a favorable outcome for the U.S. and a removal of the tariffs.
"I'm hopeful that they can reach an agreement, a good solid agreement and that these tariffs can be removed," said Rep. Kevin Brady who is the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Commitee.
Yet Democrat Ann Kuster said she's concerned the President's decision could have a "ripple effect" on the U.S. economy.
"It's taking people by surprise. They didn't expect it," said Rep. Kuster, a Democrat from New Hampshire.
"I think we're going to see a ripple effect through our economy and a lot of questions about what's the president's plan. What's what's the long term impact?," Kuster said, adding, that Trump "makes his decisions in such a just precipitous way that we don't really have a sense of where he's headed with this."