Ryan, Johnson speak out against Trump tariffs

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White House Changes Course on Trade Policy

Flake of Arizona said he wants quick action on his proposal "before this exercise in protectionism inflicts any more damage on the economy". He also has said he thought Trump should be challenged, but the twist Sunday was that he agreed with Todd's question that such a challenger should be somebody "who espouses your (Flake's) views". "In fact, by potentially triggering significant increases in the price of steel and aluminum, President Trump's new tariffs could harm our national defense by raising the cost of production for critical military systems needed to sustain the United States' comparative military advantage against our adversaries, from ships, to armored vehicles, to fighter aircraft".

Flake abandoned his re-election bid past year because, he said, he did not want to compromise his integrity to try to win over pro-Trump voters in Arizona's August 28 Republican primary.

He went on to say that it would be a tough go for any Republican to run a primary campaign against Trump.

Republicans worked for days both behind the scenes and with public pleas to try to get Trump to back down, or significantly curtail, his threat of tariffs.

Whatever Washington lawmakers opt to do, they will have to reach a two-thirds majority vote to overcome a presidential veto - forcing Republicans to find support among the Democratic opposition, a challenge in its own right. "But that's not to say it will stay that way".

In Wisconsin, which went for Trump by the narrowest of margins, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has warned that tariffs could hurt the state's canning and beer industries. Sen.

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

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

Countries could challenge Trump's action in the World Trade Organization, putting this global forum in the uncomfortable position of determining what is in the "essential security interests" of the USA, in accordance with an existing agreement on tariffs and trade.

Todd asked him if other Republicans should join him in condemning Trump's behavior.

"I think ultimately it can be good in the short term for steelworkers", said Assistant Professor of Economics at OSU Kyle Dempsey. "I think the President knows that we're going to have to work that out".

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