In theory, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is not against leveling the playing field between the United States and China when it comes to trade.

“I totally approve of going after China. China has been the worst trading partner we have,” he said. “They’re rapacious.”

Schumer, however, was not ready to back the president’s planned tariff on steel and aluminum imports. President Donald Trump announced last week he wants to impose a 25 percent tax on steel imports and a 10 percent tax on aluminum, as early is this week.

Schumer said China is “dumping” the products. In other words, it’s exporting steel and aluminum at a lower price than it charges at home, artificially depreciating the market and under-cutting U.S. manufacturers.

He said that’s an issue that needs to be addressed but he’s not sure Trump’s proposal is well-aimed.

“Whether this actual proposal by the president appropriately targets China or instead targets other countries where we have surpluses, such as, I don’t know if we can see it from here, but Canada, is the question I want to see and you have to wait for the details to determine that,” Schumer said.

Experts have warned that the tariff could have broad implications for many different industries that utilize foreign steel and aluminum. The senator, Monday in Buffalo, said he’d like more information about the potential impact in Western New York.

“I’d like to know how this affects the Tonawanda auto plant. I’d like to know how it affects our breweries. I’d like to know how it affects our steel companies, you know we have a few steel companies still here,” he said.

Schumer said one thing he is not concerned about is injuring the countries relationship with China. He said it’s already far too one-sided.