Lawmakers Opposed to Trump's Tariffs Look to Courts to Step In

Frederick Owens
March 14, 2018

"So I think it does real damage long term to the political culture". Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) as saying, "I'm going to - as soon as it comes out if it is anything approximating what he's talked about - introduce legislation to nullify it".

Trump announced last week that the United States would slap a 25-percent tariff on imported steel and a 10-percent tariff on imported aluminum, which would take effect in 15 days.

The interview ended before Todd had a chance to ask Flake whether he meant to be that 2020 challenger. "But that's not to say it will stay that way", Flake said.

Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican who chairs the Senate Finance Committee and who has enjoyed a close relationship with Trump, called the president's latest move policy "misguided".

This is not the first time Flake has brought up the notion.

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.

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".

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However, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said Monday that there's little chance the Republican-controlled Congress will pass legislation to block Trump's tariffs on aluminum and steel.

In fact, Flake has already announced he'd be appearing at next week's New Hampshire Institute of Politics event, "Politics & Eggs".

Trump fantasized about running against television personality and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey in the 2020 presidential election, floated the idea of reaching peace with North Korea and promoted his new tariffs.

In a rare show of spine, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) put out a statement, which read in part: "I disagree with this action and fear its unintended consequences".

President Trump, meanwhile, appeared in Pennsylvania Saturday evening to campaign for for GOP congressional candidate Rick Saccone.

"The tax bill was so massive, bigger than [Ronald] Reagan, biggest one done", Trump said. "The new tax reform law has boosted the economy and we certainly don't want to jeopardize those gains".

"This is where a non-politician is good".

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