Republican Senator Jeff Flake vows bill to undo tariffs

  • Republican Senator Jeff Flake vows bill to undo tariffs

Republican Senator Jeff Flake vows bill to undo tariffs

During a conference call between White House officials and GOP Hill staffers Thursday, administration representatives requested favorable comments from members on the president's plan, a suggestion that the staff in one office laughed at, according to a Republican aide. "Do you think he needs to be challenged from somebody who espouses your views?"

In Wisconsin, which went for Trump by the narrowest of margins, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has warned that tariffs could hurt the state's canning and beer industries. Sen.

Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, has expressed his opposition to the Trump tariffs.

"We should never normalize this kind of behavior, particularly from the president of the United States", Flake said.

"I will immediately draft and introduce legislation to nullify these tariffs, and I urge my colleagues to pass it before this exercise in protectionism inflicts any more damage on the economy", Flake said in a statement. That's a rare occurrence for a GOP whose obsequiousness to Trump has become a hallmark.

Like most Senate Republicans, Roberts strongly opposes Trump's decision to impose new tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports, an order he formally signed on Thursday.

Of course, when Trump follows through with the tariff threat, he could imperil the future of the US auto industry, which President Obama pulled back from the brink of collapse.

Brown has always been a critic of free-trade agreements, opposing NAFTA since its inception when he was a congressman.

He said it's tough to make the case that the Republican Party is still the party of free trade. "We need to aggressively negotiate both bilateral and multilateral trade deals, because we're going to be left behind".

But Flake maintained that tariffs will make things worse, not better, for Americans and the U.S. economy, reports CNBC News.

Mr. Trump has all but declared that he will run for reelection, unveiling his new campaign slogan at a Saturday rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania: "Keep America Great!"

Dan Nowicki is national political reporter for The Arizona Republic, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK.