Flake introduces bill to neutralize Trump's tariffs on steel, aluminum

"But that's not to say it will stay that way", Flake responded.

He added: "I also think that there will be an independent challenge, particularly if the Democrats insist on putting somebody up from the far left of the party".

"Yes, I do. I do", Flake replied.

The interview ended before Todd had a chance to ask Flake whether he meant to be that 2020 challenger.

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.

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On Sunday, Flake conceded that his views are now out of sync with the GOP.

The House speaker's condemnation was swiftly echoed by other top Republicans in Congress, who fear the tariffs could spark a trade war and hurt the USA economy. He announced that last night.

Ryan urged Trump to be more "surgical", while McConnell noted on Tuesday that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) had been a "winner" for his state.

Flake closed his speech by calling on those who have "reservations about these tariffs" and those who have "expressed admiration for free trade or supply-side economics" to support his bill.

Jeff Flake, the retiring Republican senator from Arizona and frequent critic of President Donald Trump, said somebody should challenge Trump for the GOP presidential nomination in 2020.

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"I think there's a good chance that we will nullify the tariffs", he told reporters.

We have to have bilateral and multilateral trade deals if we are to catch up.

"The real trade war is the war on workers - and we've been getting our butts kicked for decades", he added. "And so we need to trade".

"The risk is that this becomes normalized and we take as normal what is abnormal", Flake said of Trump's criticisms of the media. "Tariffs married with uncertainty are even worse". "People may not like how Pres Trump rolled these out, but I applaud him for trying". We should never normalize this kind of behavior, particularly from the President of the United States.

In the case of these tariffs, the Republican leader used a 1962 law authorizing the president to tax certain imports in the name of national security protection - legislation rarely invoked in the past except in the notable case of oil.

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