Flake, an Arizona Senator who has been frequently critical of Trump's antics, is not running for reelection..
Yet those arguments had little resonance with Trump during the fiery battle over tariffs that has played out in the West Wing in recent days. Elizabeth Warren, who Trump referred to as "Pocahontas".
"I'm delivering on a promise I made during the campaign", Trump said.
Notably, no Republican lawmakers attended the White House event.
And in OH, 410,300 workers are directly employed in industries that use steel and aluminum, according to Crain's Cleveland. In public and in private, Trump still speaks frequently of his victories 16 months ago in Democratic-leaning states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and MI, where working-class white voters helped propel him to victory. Even though tariffs on Mexico and Canada were excluded from President's Trump's announcement, he says he has no problem with them. Trump plans to campaign for Republican Rick Saccone on Saturday. And like the president, Republicans are making political calculations in doing so. On Wednesday, 107 Republicans in the House of Representatives sent a letter to Trump urging him to reconsider. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has also condemned the looming trade war. He is retiring from the Senate and has not ruled out a run for president.
While watchdog groups argue the payment may have violated federal elections law, Ryan - who was in Atlanta to speak with Home Depot employees about the Republican tax cut bill - indicated he couldn't care less.
"I disagree with this action and fear its unintended consequences", Ryan said.
Trump may have a point that the trade deficit hurts US manufacturing, especially the steel and aluminum industries.
Trump is expected to delay the imposition of tariffs on Canada and Mexico to turn up the pressure in negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Many lawmakers on both sides seem to agree the tariffs are not in the best interest of business in Wisconsin, but also agreed Pres. Trump's argument that countries like China are unfairly trading with the U.S.by grossly over-producing steel to undercut the price. "We're going to see who is treating us fairly".
Of course, being successful in the midterms may also be hard for the GOP if the imposition of tariffs ignites a trade war that damages the economy. All it means is that the country as a whole imports more than it exports.