US House Speaker Ryan criticizes Trump tariff plan

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"We are extremely anxious about the consequences of a trade war and are urging the White House to not advance with this plan", House Speaker Paul D. Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said last week. Flake said he would introduce legislation to "nullify these tariffs", a phrase that echoed a fraught period in American history. Leading national Democrats were dumb enough to try to lead their members to denigrate the tax bill, talking about $1,000 dollar bonuses as crumbs and raised salaries as mere trifles compared to how much it would do for the rich. That "nullification crisis" was brought to an end by President Andrew Jackson's declaration of the supremacy of federal law, cementing his place as a hero to American nationalists.

A Flake challenge to Trump in the presidential primaries would face long, if not impossible, odds.

Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" whether he thinks Trump needs to square off against a Republican who espouses Flake's more traditionally conservative views on free trade and more, the retiring senator said, "Yes, I do. I do".

The Republicans protesting the tariffs offered no evidence that the tariffs would have negative economic consequences such as raising consumer prices or eliminating jobs. Trump ultimately backed down slightly from what were initially described as broad-reaching, indiscriminate tariffs, exempting Canada and Mexico as well as creating a pathway to exemption for other nations.

The Trump administration's economic plan to implement a 25 percent steel tariff and a 10 percent aluminum tariff, and with potential exemptions for bilateral trade partners, is being met with resistance within the president's own Republican Party.

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Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona says, "Congress can not be complicit as the administration courts economic disaster".

"When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade was are good, and easy to win", he tweeted.

Walker, during a pair of stops Wednesday at Wisconsin businesses that use imported steel, argued that the tariffs could force them to move production out of the United States to avoid the tariffs.

"The tariffs on steel and aluminum risk undermining these positive economic developments by increasing input costs to American manufacturing and steel-dependent industries employing more than 17 million workers", he said.

While Republicans came out against the trade measure, Flake is the first to announce a legislative response. Both said they are continuing to lobby the president to change course. "The new tax reform law has boosted the economy and we certainly don't want to jeopardize those gains".

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