Flake: Anti-tariff Republican should challenge Trump in 2020

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Days before he travels to the state that holds the first presidential primary, Sen.

Flake, who is retiring this year from the Senate, has been frequent critic of Trump, fueling speculation that Flake himself may be the one to enter a primary battle against the president in 2020.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., walks to the Senate chamber for early morning votes February 9, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

"I mean, it would be a tough go in a Republican primary". "The Republican Party is the Trump party right now".

But Flake says "that's not to say it will stay that way".

Earlier in the interview, Todd had explained that Flake has planned trips to New Hampshire, pointing out that tends to raise questions that someone is thinking about making a presidential run.

But on Friday, he will be in Manchester, N.H., to deliver remarks on "Country Over Party" at a "Politics and Eggs" event.

"Tariffs married with uncertainty are even worse", Flake, who is not seeking re-election, said on the Senate floor Monday evening.

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On Sunday, Flake conceded that his views are out of sync with the GOP.

Trump's tariffs, which he announced last Thursday, were met with swift opposition from numerous president's fellow Republicans who say they will harm the economy.

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".

The National reported that US President Donald Trump's new tariffs targeting steel and aluminium imports by 25 and 10 % were anticipated by UAE's aluminium companies but could have adverse effects on America's own auto industry.

He said it's tough to make the case that the Republican Party is still the party of free trade.

"I think that our trade deals have been negotiated for a very, very long time now to benefit large, multinational corporations, not to benefit the American worker", she said. "We need a comprehensive rethinking of our trade policy".

"The risk is that this becomes normalized and we take as normal what is abnormal", Flake said of Trump's criticisms of the media.

Todd asked him if other Republicans should join him in condemning Trump's behavior.