Several Republicans, including Flake, have openly called the President's views on trade misinformed and misguided.
Republicans were among those opposing the duties, joining economists and other nations in warning that they could start a global trade war.
They would rather see the tariffs imposed just on certain countries that are dumping exports. The probe was authorized under the seldom-used Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, which gives the president broad powers to impose restrictions on domestic security grounds.
It will be pretty interesting if Flake ends up introducing legislation to counter Trump's tariffs, potentially setting up yet another clash between the two politicians.
"Our factories were left to rot, and to rust all over the place". John McCain, expressed concern that Trump's sharp tariffs will actually hurt the USA economy.
Many Republicans hold that imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum are an abuse of this law and are pushing to restrict it. Trade wars are not won, they are only lost.
Some members of Congress are even considering - gasp! - reclaiming their constitutional authority over tariffs. One of them was Brown, who welcomed action he said could stop China from dumping steel into the US market, calling it "well overdue". Since the impact of the tariffs would be bad for American workers, that's a good thing. Specifically, Kansans are concerned about China retaliating on USA sorghum exports.
The House speaker's condemnation was swiftly echoed by other top Republicans in Congress, who fear the tariffs could spark a trade war and hurt the United States economy. But it may be hard to get a veto-proof majority with some Democrats supporting Trump's action. At least he'll have on his side fellow Arizona Republican Sen.
"I seriously question whether you'll have enough Republican senators who want to cross the President in this way", Flake admitted to reporters on Tuesday. "We in Congress simply can't be complicit as this administration courts economic disaster in this fashion", Flake said in a Senate floor speech.
Both Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin are planning hearings in coming weeks about the decision. Freedom Partners' executive vice president weighed in: "In no way will tariffs lead to a more competitive economy, nor will they add thousands of American jobs".