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WASHINGTON (AP) – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says imposing tariffs on companies that move their operations overseas could result in a trade war.

President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday he’d impose a 35 percent tax on companies that close U.S. factories, then relocate abroad and try to sell their products back to the United States.

Republicans have long opposed such an approach, and it would likely need congressional approval.

McCarthy tried to downplay suggestions that Trump’s proposal flew in the face of long-held GOP principles.

But he said that comprehensive tax reform would be a better way of keeping companies and jobs in this country.

“I think that’s a better way of solving the problem than getting into a trade war with a 35 percent tariff,” the California Republican told reporters at the Capitol Monday.

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