Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Jeff Flake: Trump needs a Republican opponent in 2020

Jeff Flake: Trump needs a Republican opponent in 2020

Earlier this month, he said, "I do think the president will have a challenge from the Republican Party, I think there should be".

The Arizona Republican explained that he couldn't get re-elected in his party right now because he believes in free trade and has expressed reservations towards the president, who is a member of his party.

A 25 percent tax will be imposed on steel imports while a 10 percent tax will be imposed on aluminum imports.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recommended that the president reconsider the tariff policy, while seeking solutions to potential ramifications. And we want to work with the administration to do that,"Ryan said".

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.

"The risk is that this becomes normalized and we take as normal what is abnormal", Flake said of Trump's criticisms of the media.

An economics professor interviewed by ABC News provided a picture of what might be expected from the tariffs.

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

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.

But Flake maintained that tariffs will make things worse, not better, for Americans and the USA economy.

President Trump has reiterated that he is not "backing down" on the tariffs.

Louisiana, for example, is a huge importing state and relies on steel and aluminum imports for its gas industries.

"You know he likes to put names on people", Mnuchin said of Trump, who also branded Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters a "very low I.Q. individual". Joe Manchin, who is running for reelection this year from West Virginia, where Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016, said it was "past time to defend our interests, our security and our workers in the global economy and that is exactly what the President is proposing with these tariffs". "We're finally taking action to correct this long overdue problem".

According to Section 232 of a US trade law, the president can impose tariffs on imported materials for national security purposes.

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