The Solar Industry’s Biggest Fear About Trump May Come True: ‘I Want Tariffs’

Greentech Media


Donald Trump wants tariffs. Any tariffs. 

If the president's recent demands for trade penalties against China are any indication, stiff tariffs or minimum prices on imported solar panels are increasingly likely.

It's a worrying sign for the majority of the U.S. solar industry.

On Sunday, Axios' Jonathan Swain reported an inside account of a recent Oval Office meeting. According to the story -- "undisputed by the White House" -- Trump demanded of his economic advisers: "Bring me some tariffs."

"I understand, you want tariffs," said Chief of Staff John Kelly to the president in the meeting.

Trump strongly asserted his desire for trade penalties of any kind: "John, let me tell you why they didn't bring me any tariffs. [...] I know there are some people in the room right now that are upset. I know there are some globalists in the room right now. And they don't want them, John, they don't want the tariffs. But I'm telling you, I want tariffs."

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