go to top
A man works on a production line in a medical gloves factory in Suixi, China. A man works on a production line in a factory that produces medical gloves, in Suixi, China, Aug. 14, 2019 (Chinatopix photo via AP Images).

Trump’s Trade Policies Are Making the Coronavirus Pandemic Even Worse

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Trade is way down on the list of priorities in a public health crisis, but it is still important to make sure that policies don’t actually make the situation worse. In the case of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of governments are, unfortunately, doing just that.

Many countries, for example, are shortsightedly enacting export bans on critical medical supplies and worsening shortages in places that may have the greatest need, like Italy. In the United States, President Donald Trump’s trade policies seem to be on autopilot, with tariffs continuing more or less as before, even though those tariffs are complicating the response to the pandemic and threatening to undermine a future economic recovery. The export bans are dangerous, if understandable in the current environment. But the Trump administration’s actions are difficult to fathom on even narrow political grounds. ...

To read more,

enter your email address then choose one of the three options below.

Subscribe to World Politics Review and you'll receive instant access to 10,000+ articles in the World Politics Review Library, along with new comprehensive analysis every weekday . . . written by leading topic experts.