Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

GOP senator wants Trump to face 2020 primary challenge

GOP senator wants Trump to face 2020 primary challenge

Fast-forward to earlier this month, when Trump hastily announced he would be placing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, a proposal deemed sacrilegious by traditional Republican orthodoxy and sure to win him few allies.

Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, is proposing legislation that would generally require future tariffs to get congressional approval. The series, put on by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and New England Council, describes its mission as providing "New Hampshire and New England business leaders with a chance to meet with major party presidential candidates" and calls itself "a "must-stop" on the presidential campaign trail".

Wisconsin's three highest-ranking Republicans - House Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. Freedom Partners' executive vice president weighed in: "In no way will tariffs lead to a more competitive economy, nor will they add thousands of American jobs".

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

"There are unquestionably bad trade practices by nations like China, but the better approach is targeted enforcement of those bad practices".

Even if there is an initial victory from a friendly court to stay Trump's tariffs, a case would face hard appeals, according to Mark Warner, a Toronto-based trade lawyer with MAAW Law who practices in the USA and Canada.

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American steelworkers "cheered the tariffs" as a benefit for their industry.

"I think it might work its way out otherwise", Blunt said.

The report goes on to state that consumers can expect a price increase for products that are comprised of metals with tariffs on them, such as canned goods and appliances.

"As a Republican who believes in free trade, limited government, economic freedom, I couldn't be re-elected in my party right now", said Flake, he won his Senate seat in 2012 after serving six terms in the U.S. House.

Louisiana, for example, is a huge importing state and relies on steel and aluminum imports for its gas industries. "Steel is steel, you don't have steel you don't have a country", Trump said.

"We want everything to be reciprocal. Today I'm defending America's national security by placing tariffs on foreign imports of steel and aluminum".

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