Top Republican Ryan leads GOP backlash against Trump tariffs

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan

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

There are a handful of Democrats who are on board with Trump's move, though. Sen.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., listens to a question from a reporter before a Senate procedural vote to reopen the government, Monday Jan. 22, 2018, on day three of the government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington. It is the biggest break in Republican unity during the Trump administration so far. "But that's not to say it will stay that way".

There will nearly certainly be broad legal challenges of the Trump administration claim that protecting US steel and aluminum producers is necessary for national security, John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican senator, said Friday.

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

"It undermines the benefits that the new tax law provides and runs counter to our goal of advancing pro-growth trade policies that will keep America competitive in the 21st century global economy", he said.

Trump says the steelworkers are part of the reason he won the presidency. He said trade wars can only be lost and that Congress "cannot be complicit as the administration courts economic disaster". It would be a tough go in a Republican primary.

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Flake has been a relentless GOP critic of Trump. China, a frequent target of Trump's trade policy criticism, communicated it would do what is necessary to "take effective measures to protect China's rights".

The president announced a 10 percent tax on imported aluminum and a 25 percent tax on imported steel, carving out exceptions for imports from Canada and Mexico.

The Arizona Republican said it would be "tough to make the case" that the GOP is still the party of free trade.

"I think ultimately it can be good in the short term for steelworkers", said Assistant Professor of Economics at OSU Kyle Dempsey. "We need to aggressively negotiate both bilateral and multilateral trade deals, because we're going to be left behind". "The new tax reform law has boosted the economy and we certainly don't want to jeopardize those gains".

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

"I generally support the president on just about everything, but I think he's been misled, there are some people down there who have been misleading him on some of these things", Hatch continued.

"We should never normalize this kind of behavior, particularly from the president of the United States", Flake said.

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