How the Washington establishment is losing out to little-known Trump advisers on trade

Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on tax policy with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson privately warned senior trade officials on Tuesday that President Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum could endanger the U.S. national security relationship with allies, according to five people familiar with the meeting.

The morning meeting came as Republican lawmakers grasped for a strategy to convince Trump to change his mind, with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), who had loudly criticized the plan on Monday, telling members in a closed-door meeting not to bully Trump on the decision. He said it could backfire and make things even worse.