Trump’s Defense of Tariffs Based on Dubious Claims

President Trump’s views on tariffs depart from conventional economics in at least three ways.

  • Published 14 May 2019
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WASHINGTON (AP) — He’s been contradicted by one of his top advisers, dinged in regular fact checks and called out by top economists. Still, President Donald Trump has held firm to dubious declarations about trade policy, raising questions among experts and even his allies about whether he either can’t — or won’t — grasp the fundamentals of the issue. This week, as he escalates a trade war with China, Trump has misstated how the tariffs… Read at AP News