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Trump's Trade War Backfires As Red States Defy Him

13 March 2018

"Do you think he needs to be challenged from somebody who espouses your views?"

"These tariffs will do just what tariffs have always done and lead to job losses and will stymie economic growth", Flake said on the Senate floor, adding: "We in Congress simply can't be complicit as this administration courts economic disaster in this fashion".

More than 100 Republican members of the House have signed off on a letter condemning Trump's looming tariffs. NBC's Chuck Todd asked Flake. "But that's not to say it will stay that way".

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

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Last year, he wrote a book rebuking his own Republican Party for embracing Trump-style nationalism and protectionism at the expense of traditional conservative values such as free trade.

He added: "I also think that there will be an independent challenge, particularly if the Democrats insist on putting somebody up from the far left of the party".

Republicans on Capitol Hill reacted angrily to President Donald Trump's announcement Thursday that he is going forward with new tariffs on steel and aluminum, arguing that the move will harm the economy and that it threatens to start a broader trade war.

Even if there is an initial victory from a friendly court to stay Trump's tariffs, a case would face hard appeals, according to Mark Warner, a Toronto-based trade lawyer with MAAW Law who practices in the USA and Canada.

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In fact, 12 of the 15 states that will likely take the biggest tariff hits are red states, according to new analysis from the Brookings Institute.

Ryan added in a separate statement that he is anxious Trump's decision will have "unintended consequences".

Trump appeared at a rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, on Saturday in an effort to help Republicans win a congressional district that the president won by 20 points in 2016 and endorse candidate Rick Saccone in the special election on Tuesday.

Flake, one of the GOP's most outspoken Trump critics, is stoking speculation about his 2020 plans with a Friday appearance in New Hampshire as part of the "Politics & Eggs" speaker series, which draws presidential hopefuls to the first-in-the-nation primary state.

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"We want to limit as much unintended consequences and collateral economic damage as possible".

Trump's Trade War Backfires As Red States Defy Him