Trump’s Epic Failure in Trade War With China is Inexcusable

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Trump pledged to narrow the US trade deficit with China, which Washington put at $375.2 billion last year, a record for any country. 

U.S. goods and services trade with China totaled an estimated $648.5 billion in 2016.  Exports were $169.8 billion; imports were $478.8 billion.  The U.S. goods and services trade deficit with China was $385 billion in 2016.

China is currently our largest goods trading partner with $578.2 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $115.6 billion; goods imports totaled $462.6 billion.  The U.S. goods trade deficit with China was $347.0 billion in 2016.


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Given the trade deficit with China, it seems logical that the United States has much more to lose in a trade war with China.  Even a 6th grader would recognize that if the United States imposes sanctions on imports from China, the Chineese would do the same on imports from the United States.  That means higher prices in China on US goods, and thus American goods would be less desirable in China.  If the US imposes higher tariffs on Chineese goods, Americans are surely going to have to pay higher prices for many goods.  If American goods have not been competitively priced in the past, the imposition of tariffs by Trump simply ensures that Americans will now have to pay more for the same goods.  How is that making America great again?

There is also an effect on jobs.  Exports to China directly or indirectly supported 1.8 million new US jobs in 2015.
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The worst part of a trade war is that Trump doesn’t understand it.  Just last month he tweeted that trade wars are “good” and “easy to win.”

“When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!”

As markets plummet this morning, Trump realizes that trade wars might not be as “good” and “easy to win” as he thought.  Thus the only way to deal with this defeat is to blame it on someone else.  Today Trump tweets that:
“We are not in a trade war with China, that war was lost many years ago by the foolish, or incompetent, people who represented the U.S. Now we have a Trade Deficit of $500 Billion a year, with Intellectual Property Theft of another $300 Billion. We cannot let this continue!” 6:22 am, April 4, 2018
The fact that Trump is now responsible for a trade war with China, and plummeting stock prices, there is nothing left that Donald Trump can point to that has been a positive effect of his efforts to make America great again.
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3 thoughts on “Trump’s Epic Failure in Trade War With China is Inexcusable

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  1. trump has this all figured out. What he does is makes friends brings them into his inner circle and then humiliates and destroys them.

    Take a maga Iowa farmer. They supported and fell in love with him. He promised the world to these clowns. Now he is going to foreclose on thier equipment and houses. This is an efficient use of power.

    Trump is rebranding as the “soilent Green Party”. Get sucked in, get processed and get served to the masses.

    This is one well oiled machine.


  2. His KFC and McDonalds is all domestic so he doesn’t care.

    Maybe our current actual president – President Hillary Clinton – will clean up our current mandated president’s errors and mess.


  3. When 45 first mentioned the trade deficit, it was clear he had no idea what it was. His tiny mind turned it into some sort of theft from his pocketbook. In reality, it’s just a demographic of goods flowing between different countries. He has no idea that U.S. businesses created a lot of the trade deficits by moving to other countries.
    Even more insane is his failure to realize that a deficit means we import more than we send to foreign countries. That means we have more to lose in a trade war. He’s placing a tax on products we have to buy elsewhere, because we can’t produce them or we can’t produce the amount we need. He is also placing a tax on the growing technology gap caused by our failure to invest in U.S. education, failure to modernize our industries. .


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