Jeff Flake: Trump Needs To Be Challenged In GOP Primary

Jeff Flake: Trump Needs To Be Challenged In GOP Primary

"We in Congress simply can't be complicit as this administration courts economic disaster in this fashion", Flake said. "But that's not to say it will stay that way", Flake said.

Trump, who announced his decision surrounded by steelworkers, said he was fulfilling a campaign promise. 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". "That's no way to treat your allies", Flake said.

Republicans fear Trump's action risks distracting voters and disrupting the US economy just months before the midterm election that will test his protectionist policies, populist rhetoric and chaotic approach to the presidency.

Flake has been a relentless GOP critic of Trump.


Congressional GOP leaders have signaled they want to narrow the administration's steel and aluminum tariffs before they are implemented, the same day President Trump pushed forward with the measures despite widespread GOP backlash, The Hill reports. Last year, he wrote a book rebuking his own Republican Party for embracing Trump-style nationalism and protectionism at the expense of traditional conservative values such as free trade. According to Flake's office, the bill would "nullify the tariffs by prohibiting the". I understand that it's a challenge on the campaign trail, certainly, it's often easier to point to a shuttered factory and blame trade or immigration or some other convenient scapegoat other than what is usually the case, it's modernization or mechanization or something that has meant that we have increased productivity-productivity or the best allocation of capital to facilitate trade.

"I think there's a good chance that we will nullify the tariffs", he told reporters. We need him to do the right thing now: "scrap the tariffs and return his focus to policies that will grow and invigorate the economy to the benefit of all Americans", she said.

"The risk is that this becomes normalized, and we take as normal what is abnormal. Tariffs married with uncertainty are even worse". We should never normalize this kind of behavior, particularly from the President of the United States.

Dan Nowicki is The Arizona Republic's national political reporter.

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