Tariffs would throw monkey wrench into humming economy

The Hill


An odd truth must be admitted on trade policy: For all of President Donald Trump’s bluster and threats almost one year into his term, he hasn’t raised a single tariff. This is not to soft-pedal or deny his protectionist instincts, which are plain for all to see.

After all, he is the president who withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) only days after taking office, oversaw the launch of trade investigations widely seen as a prelude to possible tariffs, threatened to withdraw from both the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and privately thundered to advisors about his desire to impose tariffs. 

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