Even the White House Admits Trump’s Tariffs Are Hurting U.S. Manufacturing

President Donald Trump arrives to speak about the new North American trade agreement at Dana Incorporated in Warren, Mich., Jan. 30, 2020 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
President Donald Trump arrives to speak about the new North American trade agreement at Dana Incorporated in Warren, Mich., Jan. 30, 2020 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

In a month spent celebrating supposed trade triumphs, the White House quietly conceded that some of President Donald Trump’s tariffs, on imports of steel and aluminum, were in fact failing to achieve their stated aim of boosting American production. But instead of rolling the tariffs back, Trump issued new ones. Late on a recent Friday night, a time when all presidents try to bury bad news, the White House released a proclamation in which Trump ordered new tariffs on nails, wire, car bumpers and certain other metal-based products because increased imports of those “derivative” products were “undermin[ing] the purpose” of […]

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