Days before he travels to the state that holds the first presidential primary, Sen. "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".
The news of Flake's bill comes just one week after President Trump announced he would place 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum from all countries that send metal to the U.S.
Johnson represents Wisconsin, a state whose governor, Republican Scott Walker, has asked Trump to reconsider his position on tariffs if he wants to protect USA jobs. "But that's not to say it will stay that way", Flake said.
But Flake said that was not enough and Congress must act.
On the tariffs, Flake said Trump had introduced "dual poisons" for the economy, by erecting new trade barriers and then introducing uncertainty by suggesting he might make some exceptions for certain countries.
"He's running for reelection already", Todd stated. "Do you think he needs to be challenged from somebody who espouses your views?"
Flake, whom many speculate has his own presidential ambitions, did not indicate whether he meant to be that challenger.
Come to think of it, why did all these Republicans - who heard Trump's anti-immigrant and anti-free trade message over and over again in the campaign - not believe him?
Cornyn is among the Republicans who've bucked the president on the tariffs, warning that they risk undermining strong USA economic growth and undercutting the benefits of the Republican tax cut legislation passed past year.
Flake has been a relentless GOP critic of Trump.
Pro-free trade Republican Sen. This year, he has given Senate floor speeches denouncing the president's attacks on the media and antagonism toward Democrats.
They also could challenge the law itself, claiming Congress delegated to the president too much of its Constitutional authority to regulate foreign trade when it passed Section 232, Bhala said, or try to identify defects in the process that Trump and his Commerce Department used in bringing the tariffs forward.