Ryan, Johnson speak out against Trump tariffs

Ryan, Johnson speak out against Trump tariffs

The rally was sprinkled with mentions of Saccone and the election in general, but for the most part, according to The New York Times, was "in-his-element Trump, vintage 2016: Rambling and fiery, boastful and jocular - the part of being president that he loves perhaps the most".

Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, has expressed his opposition to the Trump tariffs.

Such an alliance has incensed Republicans, even those closest to Trump, who are concerned the tariff push will undermine the benefits they hope to reap from a good economy and new tax cuts while boosting rivals they need to defeat in November. "Congress can not be complicit as the administration courts economic disaster", Flake said Thursday.

Jeff Flake has threatened to introduce legislation to nullify the President's tariffs if they are anything like what Donald Trump is predicting.

"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.

The president signed the tariffs - with exemptions for Canada and Mexico - over objections from Republicans like Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who on CNN Thursday said American companies that use those metals will be harmed.

"We want to limit as much unintended consequences and collateral economic damage as possible. It's something I'm very upset about".

"We'll show great flexibility", Trump told a gathering in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

In the case of these tariffs, the Republican leader used a 1962 law authorizing the president to tax certain imports in the name of national security protection - legislation rarely invoked in the past except in the notable case of oil.

Another law grants extensive powers to the president to negotiate trade agreements, allowing some 15 accords to be struck since 1979. "For 40 years they couldn't pass anything", Trump added.

Even then, Congress will have the opportunity to oppose the extension by passing a resolution of disapproval.

These Republicans and business groups understand that Trump is putting at risk an economy that had been humming along.

Flake, whom many speculate has his own presidential ambitions, did not indicate whether he meant to be that challenger.