Ignore the pollsters, pundits, and static noise! Trump is winning big! As Capitol Hill Blue reported earlier in fall 2018, “The establishment is in for another shock: President Trump’s administration may soon win significant breakthroughs in our trade agreements.” While alarmist ideologues write scathing op-eds about the perils of tariffs, they miss the genius and practicality of Trump’s strategy on trade. Trump has utilized tariffs, and the implied threat of greater tariffs, as a cudgel—an effective negotiating tool—to pry open essentially protectionist markets that have been lopsided and imbalanced against the United States.
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