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    Trump, Farage, and trade

    Rob Crilly reports for the Washington Examiner that Brexit leader Nigel Farage wants to talk trade with President Trump. Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain’s Brexit Party, is planning to start his own trade talks with the White House amid frustration that the British government has let the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 12, 2019
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    The VP’s mischaracterization of tariffs

    According to VP Mike Pence, tariffs are “an exercise of economic power.” He’s wrong. They are an imposition of government power.
    Roy Cordato, June 10, 2019
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    Trade war and the jobs report

    Randall Forsyth of Barron’s reports that President Trump’s trade policies might be influencing government employment numbers. Hints of the possible impact of the trade wars were visible in the May employment data reported on Friday. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 75,000 last month, more than 100,000 short of economists’…
    Mitch Kokai, June 10, 2019
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    The impact of Trump tariffs

    Randall Forsyth of Barron’s tallies the toll of trade disputes led by President Trump. The tab for tariffs continues to rise, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average shedding another 3% in its sixth straight losing week, which was highlighted by President Donald Trump’s new threat to impose tariffs…
    Mitch Kokai, June 3, 2019
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    Chinese amping up the ‘war’ rhetoric

    Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon reports disturbing news from communist China. China’s Communist Party-controlled media stepped up a war of words with the United States recently urging an escalation of the ongoing trade dispute into a full-scale conflict. “China must be prepared to fight a protracted…
    Mitch Kokai, May 30, 2019
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    Trump, tariffs, and farmers

    Editors at the Washington Examiner take aim at President Trump’s support for protectionist tariffs. “I appreciate the incredible bipartisan support that my administration has had on trade and trade policy, especially as it pertains to placing very massive tariffs on China,” President Trump said at his press conference…
    Mitch Kokai, May 29, 2019
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    Protectionist tariffs panned

    Michael Tanner writes at National Review Online about the folly of protectionist tariffs. Conventional wisdom holds that it is the “elites” who are opposed to President Trump’s protectionist policies, including his recent ramp-up of tariffs on Chinese goods, and it is true, insofar as support for free trade…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2019
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    Washington Examiner pans Trump’s approach to trade

    Editors at the Washington Examiner argue that President Trump just doesn’t “get” free trade. President Trump is taking a gamble this week on trade. He is threatening to impose massive tariffs against Chinese goods, which would be bad for American consumers but perhaps much worse for an increasingly…
    Mitch Kokai, May 9, 2019