Risky politics? Trump wields his tariffs as a weapon at home

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  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    May 12, 2019 8:03 a.m.

    "Taking advantage of cheap slave labor is wrong." Said of China.

    Well, Americans should know about that. After all, the economic foundations of this country at the founding were based on slavery. We had to fight a war over it. And we still suffer the prejudice and infamy of slavery.

    However, I doubt seriously most any American will resolve to stop buying Chinese goods. $ means more than conscience in our world today.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 11, 2019 5:44 p.m.

    Thank you Donald Trump. Greatest president ever

  • worf McAllen, TX
    May 11, 2019 11:37 a.m.

    We should have never started trade with Communist China.

    Taking advantage of cheap slave labor is wrong.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2019 11:03 a.m.

    Trump does not even understand who pays the tariffs. If he cant grasp this basic fact, what does he understand?

  • worf McAllen, TX
    May 11, 2019 10:53 a.m.

    Trade with China must stop.

    Quit supporting cheap slave labor of Communist China.

    Be responsible. Quit living off the earnings government took away from others.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    May 11, 2019 9:53 a.m.

    Is there no situation that Trump can't make worse? His first round of tariffs bankrupted more American farmers since the Great Depression. Costing American taxpayers 10's of billions in farmer welfare. What happened to "Trade wars are easy to win"? Not so easy for Americans that want a strong economy. It was OK when Trump was bankrupting his own businesses, it's not OK when he's crashing our economy.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    May 11, 2019 9:13 a.m.

    it will be interesting to see whose political position will prevail amongst the GOP afficionados and money'd interests. The Free Traders primarily business interests, or the Trump fans who adore the foolish efforts by Trump to look tough.

    Lost in it all are agricultural interests. Trump's policies have caused one of the greatest incidents of bankruptcies in this economic sector.

    Will farmers reject Trump in 2020? Will the Koch brothers (and other megabusiness interests) win the policy battle over free trade? Will Trump's so-called negotiating skills going to result in good factory jobs returning to the US?