Trump tariffs trigger Republican rebellion

"We are extremely anxious about the consequences of a trade war and are urging the White House to not advance with this plan", House Speaker Paul D. Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said last week.

Johnson represents Wisconsin, a state whose governor, Republican Scott Walker, has asked Trump to reconsider his position on tariffs if he wants to protect USA jobs.

In fact, Flake has already announced he'd be appearing at next week's New Hampshire Institute of Politics event, "Politics & Eggs".

Flake, an Arizona Senator who has been frequently critical of Trump's antics, is not running for reelection. He also has said he thought Trump should be challenged, but the twist Sunday was that he agreed with Todd's question that such a challenger should be somebody "who espouses your (Flake's) views". "Somebody who voices, you know, reservations about where the president is or criticizes his behavior.it's tough to be re-elected in a Republican primary". "The problem is when you say, "Let's have tariffs, but let's couple that with uncertainty" - that's nearly worse, " Flake said.

Host Chuck Todd then asked Flake whether a Republican should challenge Trump, assuming he seeks the presidential nomination again.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Monday attacked President Donald Trump 's newly signed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports while introducing a bill that would nullify them completely.

He said it's tough to make the case that the Republican Party is still the party of free trade.

"I think there's a good chance that we will nullify the tariffs", he told reporters. "We need to aggressively negotiate both bilateral and multilateral trade deals, because we're going to be left behind".

"I disagree with this action and fear its unintended consequences", the speaker of the House said in a statement, while welcoming the temporary exemptions granted to Mexico and Canada.

"You know, tariffs are bad". "So I think it does real damage long term to the political culture".

Flake's avid free trade and open borders ideology comes at the expense of American workers who have suffered from poor job growth, stagnant wages, and increased public costs to offset the importation of millions of low-skilled foreign nationals every year.

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