GOP Lawmakers Voice Little Support For Trump's Tariffs

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"We in Congress simply can't be complicit as this administration courts economic disaster in this fashion", Flake said in a Senate floor speech. Flake of Arizona said he wants quick action on his proposal "before this exercise in protectionism inflicts any more damage on the economy". His glowing support for the president's trade policy contracts starkly with the Buckeye State Democrat's previous barbs directed at Trump.

Many Republicans hold that imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum are an abuse of this law and are pushing to restrict it. He signed separate proclamations ordering the tariffs.

Trump invited the workers to speak.

That would-be challenger could be Mr. Flake, perhaps the party's staunchest Trump critic, who has declined to run for reelection in 2018. 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".

Trump set the tariffs based on a Commerce Department investigation that found imports of the metals pose a risk to national security. Just like all tax cuts for "the rich" are not bad, free trade/fair trade is not all good - especially if it's not really FAIR.

Despite widespread condemnation from House Republicans, none have introduced measures to counter Trump's action. One of them was Brown, who welcomed action he said could stop China from dumping steel into the USA market, calling it "well overdue".

The people were not authorized to discuss details in advance and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Walker on Thursday repeated his call for Trump to reconsider, saying "these tariffs will negatively impact key industries and employers in Wisconsin".

Trump also suggested Australia and "other countries" might be spared.

Trump says he's sticking with his initial plan for import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. "We're going to be very flexible".

Even some of Trump's strongest allies, like conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus, oppose the tariffs but concede there is little Congress will do to try to stop them if Trump moves forward with them. "The Department of Defense assesses that its programs are able to acquire all the steel and aluminum necessary to meet national defense requirements". The president rolled out the tariffs Thursday, extending an initial exemption to Canada and Mexico while raising the possibility of exemptions for other countries that renegotiate their trade policies with the United States.