GREAAAAT: Trump Escalating Trade War Threats

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Yesterday I wrote at length about why Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum are disastrous policy, likely to lead to retaliation, decreased exports, job losses, and general economic turmoil. Well, we haven’t seen the last of it. The Dunce in Chief is so excited by the prospect of a trade war that he is continuing and escalating the threats:


President Trump on Saturday threatened to hammer European automotive companies with steep tariffs as his global trade war snowballed into a third day.

Trump, in a series of Twitter posts while at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, appeared to be responding to warnings from European leaders that his promised tariffs on aluminum and steel would trigger retaliation from numerous major U.S. trading partners.

Bring it on, Trump wrote.

Here are the tweets:

I explained yesterday that a trade deficit is actually a good thing, unlike deficits in government spending. A trade deficit means that foreign countries consider U.S. companies to be a good investment, and that the U.S. is prospering from the division of labor and the ability of other countries to provide certain goods inexpensively. But the Economic Genius sitting in the Oval Office doesn’t understand any of this (even though aides have tried to explain it to him).


Susan Wright noted earlier today that the fallout is just beginning, with Electrolux announcing a delay in a $250 million investment in Tennessee. The more this escalates, the worse it will get.

And you’ll pay more. Sure, it will be “only” a few hundred extra bucks for a car. You’re fine with that, right?

The emperor has no clothes. This stuff is insanity and threatens to stop the recovery in its tracks and go full speed in reverse. Those who understand what is happening need to stand up and speak loudly. Now — while there’s still time.



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