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

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).
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).
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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 […]

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