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Flake calls for Trump to face 2020 primary challenge

Flake calls for Trump to face 2020 primary challenge

Days before he travels to the state that holds the first presidential primary, Sen.

Trump is probably the least ideological president we've had in the modern era, and his style is a turnoff to just as many Republicans as Democrats. Senator Jeff Flake is proposing similar legislative action.

Trump is ordering import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum later Thursday.

But when it comes to the Trump administration's rollback on health care and LGBTQ rights that could seriously harm millions of people, Flake shrugs. "But that's not to say it will stay that way". But those exemptions weren't enough to placate congressional Republicans who have traditionally opposed protectionist action on trade.

But on Friday, he will be in Manchester, N.H., to deliver remarks on "Country Over Party" at a "Politics and Eggs" event.

Trump says the steelworkers are part of the reason he won the presidency.

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




On Sunday, Flake conceded that his views are out of sync with the GOP. He said trade wars can only be lost and that Congress "cannot be complicit as the administration courts economic disaster".

This latest entry in Flake's war with Trump might not be the last. Flake has criticized Trump as a stain on the Republican Party and Trump, taking the bait, has engaged in name-calling in response - "Senator Flake (y) - while calling Flake weak on crime and the border".

President Trump on Thursday signed a pair of proclamations that impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum while offering relief to some USA allies, as the president took his most significant step yet away from free trade but stopped short of the global tariffs his GOP allies begged him to avoid.

Congress has the power to challenge President Trump on new tariffs, but it's unlikely lawmakers will act, even though almost all congressional Republicans oppose the president's trade policy because they believe it will harm the US economy.

"Our economy and our national security are strengthened by fostering free trade with our allies and promoting the rule of law", he said. However, this is a very complicated area we are talking tough about, negotiating in public, and if followed by real negotiating, could result in changes in terms that might eliminate the need for tariffs.

"I'm disappointed because we just passed a tax bill and this kind of flies in the face of that".

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


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