Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press this morning, Flake - who has been outspoken in his Trump criticism for a while now - criticized the behavior exhibited by the president at his off-the-rails campaign rally last night, stating that "we should never normalize this kind of behavior".
So did soon-to-be ex-Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announce that he was thinking of a 2020 presidential run? "I mean, it would be a tough go in a Republican primary". The Republicans called on Trump to target the tariffs toward "China's unfair practices". "But that's not to say it will stay that way", Flake responded. She is already running for re-election to the Senate in 2018.
But on Friday, he will be in Manchester, N.H., to deliver remarks on "Country Over Party" at a "Politics and Eggs" event.
Flake has been a longtime critic of President Trump, occasionally using over the top rhetoric to do so.
On Sunday, Flake conceded that his views are out of sync with the GOP.
The orders were signed over the objections of more than 100 congressional Republicans, who urged Trump in a letter to at least pare back the scope of the tariffs.
"I understand free trade is sometimes a challenge". This year, he has given Senate floor speeches denouncing the president's attacks on the media and antagonism toward Democrats.
Flake is also planning to introduce legislation to nullify Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, set to take effect later this month. But Democrats have struck a more measured tone, as many members of the party's progressive wing have always been critical of free trade agreements they believe harm United States workers.
"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".
Todd asked him if other Republicans should join him in condemning Trump's behavior.