Trump orders stiff trade tariffs, unswayed by grim warnings

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  • quackquack Park City, UT
    March 13, 2018 7:58 a.m.

    Some of the comments are hilarious, you blame Presidential administrations for Trades these corporations make. . These Tariffs are regulated by the government but corporate lobbyist have been chipping away at them for decades. Maybe learn how the global economy works and see how these Tariffs will only make your good 10x more expensive. Hope you weren't looking to buy a house or car.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    March 10, 2018 12:37 p.m.

    Nothing new here our last 4 presidents have announced tariffs as well

    Maybe Trump will actually stick with it and include sanctions on the Chinese communists for intellectual property theft as well as other cheating on trade

    It has never been an even playing field... these other countries subsidize export related businesses... we are the biggest market and our federal government has rolled over like a possum since the 1970’s

    The party is over for the rest of the cheating world

  • worf McAllen, TX
    March 9, 2018 6:31 p.m.

    Huge national debt and trade deficit! Half of our national debt came from the previous administration.

    Trade deficits and the national debt was not caused by Trump! Nope! Not at all.

    How foolish to blame an innocent man for what others have done.

  • airnaut Everett, WA
    March 9, 2018 11:39 a.m.

    I'll give you a clue....

    Pittsburg, Steel.
    Special Election next Tuesday.

    Trump is weaponizing the national and global economy for local political wins...

    No different than a guy, holding a gun to an innocent victims head, and calling out demands.

    It's how all criminal minds work.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    March 9, 2018 11:04 a.m.

    A generally conservative poster said "Do we have betraying politicians taking bribes while exploiting slave labor?"

    This is not language one generally hears from such sources. Has the leopard changed its spots?

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    March 9, 2018 10:57 a.m.

    "And this, folks, is what the beginning of a recession looks like. And you Trumpster's are to blame for the collapse of one of the greatest economic recoveries,ever."



    Obama's "recovery" is called a "recovery" rather than a recovery for a reason.

    I suggest you look at the facts.

    The liberals' hysteria over everything Trump and all the nonsense that comes babbling out of their mouths would be funny if they didn't believe it so sincerely. I hate to break it to you guys, but as bad as Trump is, it's actually liberals and liberal policies that are extremely harmful to America.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    March 9, 2018 10:27 a.m.

    No reason for America having a huge trade deficit.

    Do we have betraying politicians taking bribes while exploiting slave labor?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 9, 2018 9:18 a.m.

    I was just thinking about our buddy, Al Gore. We heard from him at Davos, talking about solar panel tariffs. Where is Al on steel tariffs?

    Let's look at the problem from the green view. Countries like Japan and China are mining coal and iron ore locally, processing it locally, polluting the air and water and consuming energy to do it, often exploiting workers and ignoring safety, then putting the steel on a diesel-powered ship, risking the ocean's environment to transport it thousands of we can build SUVs and filing cabinets.

    Does anyone see a problem here?

    There are school kids wearing masks all day in China's steel regions.

    If you get hung up on the word China, just substitute Turkey, Brazil, Japan, Korea...

    Maybe keeping the imports close to home (Mexico and Canada) makes some sense after all. At least Canada is more responsible about emissions than most countries.

    Given the reality, Al ought to be calling for a 50% tariff on steel to stop the madness. Instead, we hear crickets.

    And Al is safely in his empire that coal built.

    It's a funny world.

    PS - Anyone interested in building a steel mill on Utah Lake?

  • Highland Horseman American Fork, UT
    March 9, 2018 8:33 a.m.

    If you look at a report from the World Trade Organization, the US is far below the amount of tariffs in place by the European Union (EU) and China. And how often do you hear about the EU courts penalizing US companies trying to do business in Europe with seeming bias. With the EU and China the greatest tariff abusers in the world it is not feasible to sit idly by and watch the majority of US manufacturing close down. At the outset of WWII the US had immense manufacturing capacity that was turned into immense war manufacturing capacity, which was key to ultimate victory. The report to which I refer is from the very liberal Washington Post.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 9, 2018 8:32 a.m.

    "Tariffs should be equal for all nations."

    Really? That would be no tariffs.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2018 7:26 a.m.

    These new tariffs will be an economic catastrophe for our nation. The cost of new cars will be going up by about 30 percent as a direct result of this action. And Mr. Trump is going to discover that (a) Americans will not be willing to pay this kind of mark-up; and (b) since foreign automakers will not be able to sell their cars here, they'll abandon the American market and sell their cars elsewhere. These two negative results could well generate an America where we spiral into the next great depression. One hates to accuse the President of the United States of having the desire to harm our country, but what other conclusion is possible?

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 9, 2018 7:15 a.m.

    America is re-negotiating the very unfair NAFTA trade deal with Canada and Mexico; hence the temporary exemption for them! Wise move, Mr. President! It will make the negotiations with them much more effective!
    Those who think this will create a trade war ignore the fact that America has been on the losing end of trade wars for decades and the fact that we have an annual trade deficit of $800 billion is proof! These tariffs will not create a trade war, they will end the ongoing trade war!

    Trading has to be fair, period! There is a new sheriff in town and you buy all my products but I won't buy yours isn't going to cut it anymore!

  • kreese Ivins, UT
    March 9, 2018 6:36 a.m.

    I'm far from being an expert on trade policies. But for those who have posted negative comments, in the future, be careful posting comments about jobs going to foreign countries.

    For forty years, I've heard complaints about jobs going overseas. Now, we have a president trying to do something about, and all he gets is grief from some.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    March 9, 2018 5:30 a.m.

    It is encouraging to see nominally conservative voices using liberal arguments for tariffs.

    It is a crazy world out there.

  • my_two_cents_worth university place, WA
    March 8, 2018 11:52 p.m.


    “I think that adding the tariffs is the most responsible thing that Trump can do to try to bring back American jobs.”

    How is this going to bring back jobs? How will this prevent manufacturers from offshoring production to countries with cheaper raw materials and eliminating American jobs? How will this prevent retaliatory tariffs on American products and goods that will shut down plants, factories, farms and result in further American job loss?

  • worf McAllen, TX
    March 8, 2018 10:17 p.m.

    Tariffs should be equal for all nations.

  • BestSolutions Orem, UT
    March 8, 2018 9:26 p.m.

    I think that adding the tariffs is the most responsible thing that Trump can do to try to bring back American jobs. Trump is running this country like a business. He does not want to see it go bankrupt. He knows that Americans need to produce what Americans consume for the most part, that provides Americans jobs and our first allegiance is to America. America needs to take care of America first, if he does not do this then we will lose our ability to be the Leader of the Nations and then where will all the countries be who rely on our help. Our first priority has to be to bring back all the jobs that have been lost when our own companies out-sourced the labor/jobs to foreign countries. I applaud Trump for putting America first, this has not been the case in a long, long time. There may be some economic upset but it will subside and we will have a stronger nation with more people who have good paying jobs. Thanks Donald Trump!

  • iceman96 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2018 6:50 p.m.

    European commission did it a year ago against China, a 22-55% increase.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2018 5:14 p.m.

    The 800 billion dollar trade deficit needs to be addressed but this is not the way to do it.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 8, 2018 4:54 p.m.

    Once again trump acts precipitously and damages the Unite States. Business as usual for trump.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 8, 2018 2:52 p.m.

    He wants us to think he's really doing something important for the country. I see it as an impetuous self-indulgent wielding of Presidential power, the consequences of which have not been thought through or based on any soliciting of informed opinion.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 8, 2018 2:22 p.m.

    "@Impartial 7
    Seems you may have forgot Muellar time."

    Won't happen soon enough. Trump keeps doing bigger stupid things and more irreparable damage because he thinks it will take his "audience"'s attention away from Russia. His narcissistic personality won't allow him to put our country over his best interests. People were warned. But, they based their votes on rhetoric and patriotic feelings rather than taking a hard look at Trump's track record for 50 years. They crossed their fingers, voted with their hearts instead of their brains, and hoped for the best. Now, a year later, Trump's actions prove that his words were empty. He has no idea what he's doing and won't listen to his own people that do. And we're going to sit by while he ruins America.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    March 8, 2018 12:52 p.m.

    @Impartial 7
    Seems you may have forgot Muellar time.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 8, 2018 12:41 p.m.

    @Imparial7: It's okay though, trump will cause the next recession but the GOP will always blame the dems and their voters will go right along with it.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 8, 2018 11:23 a.m.

    And this, folks, is what the beginning of a recession looks like. And you Trumpster's are to blame for the collapse of one of the greatest economic recoveries,ever. Word to the wise? Move your money in your 401K's out of stocks and into something less volatile, because this mess is going to be bad and long lasting.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 8, 2018 11:20 a.m.

    Re: "Trump rolling out big trade tariffs, sparing Mexico, Canada"

    That's what he SAYS anyway.

    But what's that worth?