Americans Are Paying for Trump’s Tariffs, Including Many in His Base

President Donald Trump holds up examples of foreign tariffs in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Washington, Jan. 24, 2019 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).
President Donald Trump holds up examples of foreign tariffs in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Washington, Jan. 24, 2019 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).
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President Donald Trump likes to claim that the tariffs he has imposed on steel, aluminum, washing machines, solar panels and a variety of other imports are forcing foreigners to pay for the privilege of selling their goods in the American market. But what does the data say? Are American firms and consumers in fact paying the price? Two new empirical studies shed light on the answer, and, unfortunately for the president, neither one supports his position. The authors of these studies have carefully parsed the data and analyzed the distribution of the tariffs’ costs—internationally and among various groups and regions […]

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