Now that he’s in office, Trump has followed through with a comprehensive protectionist agenda — threatening foreign governments with a multi-front trade war, which he claims will be easy for us to win. Most recently, Trump imposed stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum against, among others, the European Union, Canada and Mexico — which may be followed with tariffs on automobiles. Adding insult to injury, he’s justifying his actions by claiming that imports of steel and aluminum — and automobiles, for that matter — from these countries “threaten to impair the national security” of the United States. Never mind that six of the top 10 providers of steel to the U.S. are our NATO allies and closest friends.
Last week, President Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. He claims the move will strengthen national security.
He’s dead wrong. The tariffs will weaken the United States, protect jobs in inefficient industries while preventing job growth in efficient ones, and harm relationships with our allies.