Sen. Jeff Flake Threatens Bill to Nullify President Trump's Tariffs

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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.

House Republicans, hoping to avoid having to push legislation on the issue, had previously hoped the president would scale back his tariff proposal before finalizing it.

He fueled speculation about his presidential ambitions by announcing that he would appear at next week's New Hampshire Institute of Politics event, "Politics & Eggs".

Flake, whom many speculate has his own presidential ambitions, did not indicate whether he meant to be that challenger.

Asked by host Chuck Todd if he regrets his decision to retire from the Senate, Flake noted that he wasn't leaving Congress because he has any "ill will" towards the institution or his colleagues, adding that he loved Congress.

Flake has been a relentless GOP critic of Trump.

I understand free trade is sometimes a challenge.

Flake called the tariffs "a marriage of two lethal poisons to economic growth - protectionism and uncertainty", and promised to draft legislation to nullify them.

Rushing in to try to stop Trump as he blindly readies his plan to impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, angry Republican politicians, especially red state representatives, are getting an up-close look at what it's like dealing with an erratic, illogical president.

While no big name has officially stepped forward yet to say such a run is definitely in the works, one Republican senator thinks a member of the GOP should toss his or her proverbial hat in the ring in the 2020 primary. "We need to aggressively negotiate both bilateral and multilateral trade deals, because we're going to be left behind. I understand that it's a challenge on the campaign trail, certainly", Flake said on Monday. And, you know, when we only represent just over 20 percent of the world's economy, only 5 percent of the world's population, if we don't trade, we don't grow. So I think it does real damage long-term to the political culture. "We should not normalize this behavior'".

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

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