Trump appeared at a rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, on Saturday in an effort to help Republicans win a congressional district that the president won by 20 points in 2016 and endorse candidate Rick Saccone in the special election on Tuesday. "But that's not to say it will stay that way".
Several Republicans, including Flake, have openly called the President's views on trade misinformed and misguided.
But on Friday, he will be in Manchester, N.H., to deliver remarks on "Country Over Party" at a "Politics and Eggs" event. "This is very hard, I think, to address by legislation, and it's obvious the president certainly has his mind made up", Roberts 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".
On Sunday, Flake conceded that his views are out of sync with the GOP.
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona says, "Congress can not be complicit as the administration courts economic disaster".
This latest entry in Flake's war with Trump might not be the last. While lawmakers technically could try to counter Trump on trade with some kind of legislative response, there is no clarity about what that would look like, and what kind of precedent it would set.
U.S. President Donald Trump gives out pens he used to sign presidential proclamations placing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to workers from the steel and aluminum industries at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 8, 2018.
Congress has the power to challenge President Trump on new tariffs, but it's unlikely lawmakers will act, even though almost all congressional Republicans oppose the president's trade policy because they believe it will harm the USA economy.
The Arizona Republican said it would be "tough to make the case" that the GOP is still the party of free trade. "I don't think we should be going against the president before we see what the deal is". And, you know, when we only represent just over 20% of the world's economy, only 5% of the world's population, if we don't trade, we don't grow. "We need a comprehensive rethinking of our trade policy".
Says Trump, "It's really an assault on our country".
Trump also suggested Australia and "other countries" might be spared.
Free market groups and some conservative politicians argue such tariffs could erase some of the economic gains the country made during Trump's first year.