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Jeff Flake: Trump Needs To Be Challenged In GOP Primary

13 March 2018

Instead, Trump is promoting plans that reflect traditional Republican orthodoxy, make narrow changes to background checks and focus more on school security.

President Trump's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum are bad economics.

"As a Republican who believes in free trade, limited government, economic freedom, I couldn't be re-elected in my party right now", said Flake, he won his Senate seat in 2012 after serving six terms in the U.S. House. "I understand that it's a challenge on the campaign trail, certainly", Flake said on Monday. "But that's not to say it will stay that way", Flake said.

Flake has been a longtime critic of President Trump, occasionally using over the top rhetoric to do so. He announced that last night.

"Yes, I do. I do", he said when asked Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" whether he thought a Republican with views similar to his own should run against Trump.

The interview ended before Todd had a chance to ask Flake whether he meant to be that 2020 challenger.

In the Senate, Republicans are opposing the duties en masse, with Senator Jeff Flake already preparing a bill to "nullify these tariffs". "The Heritage Foundation stands for an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish".

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"I think ultimately it can be good in the short term for steelworkers", said Assistant Professor of Economics at OSU Kyle Dempsey. "We need to aggressively negotiate both bilateral and multilateral trade deals, because we're going to be left behind".

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

Instead, Flake says "we have to have" more free trade and should have remained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal, which Trump pulled the USA out of.

Just days ago, OregonLive published a list of potential Republican contenders who could square off against Trump. And, you know, when we only represent just over 20 percent of the world's economy, only 5 percent of the world's population, if we don't trade, we don't grow.

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

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Jeff Flake: Trump Needs To Be Challenged In GOP Primary