Paul Ryan Tax Cut Showcase Upstaged by Trump Tariff Announcement

The orders were signed over the objections of more than 100 congressional Republicans, who urged Trump in a letter to at least pare back the scope of the tariffs.

The US leader has triggered howls of protest in his own camp by slapping tariffs of 25 percent on imports of steel and 10 percent on aluminum on Thursday, with only Canada and Mexico exempt for the time being.

The House speaker's condemnation was swiftly echoed by other top Republicans in Congress, who fear the tariffs could spark a trade war and hurt the United States economy. It would be a tough go in a Republican primary. "But that's not to say it will stay that way", Flake said.

Republicans fear Trump's action risks distracting voters and disrupting the US economy just months before the midterm election that will test his protectionist policies, populist rhetoric and chaotic approach to the presidency. "That's no way to treat your allies", Flake said. 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".

I understand free trade is sometimes a challenge.

"I think ultimately it can be good in the short term for steelworkers", said Assistant Professor of Economics at OSU Kyle Dempsey.

In a speech on the Senate floor on Monday, Flake announced his legislation that would essentially bar the tariffs from being implemented. "The new tax reform law has boosted the economy and we certainly don't want to jeopardize those gains".

"If we don't trade, we don't grow".

"The risk is that this becomes normalized, and we take as normal what is abnormal".

"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.

Just a few months after he helped drive Trump's landmark tax reform through Congress, Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, expressed astonishment at the president's decision.

Dan Nowicki is The Arizona Republic's national political reporter.

The best chance for any of Trump's proposals to get pushed through is for some of them to be added to the must-pass spending bill that must be finished before the end of March.

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