Foreign goods wait to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles.
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President Trump recently imposed steep tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. An economist explains what they are, how they work and why they matter.
These German steel coils may soon become more expensive for U.S. manufacturers.
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President Trump defended his plan to impose steep tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum by dismissing the consequences. History suggests he'll hurt the very people he says he wants to help.
Trump has made pushing protectionism since the campaign.
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The idea that the US is historically a free trading country is a myth. Here's why that's a good thing.
US President Donald Trump in 2017 and George W. Bush in 2008.
On March 1, Donald Trump imposed a series of steel and aluminum tariffs. To understand their potential impact, it's instructive to look at what happened after George W. Bush enacted similar measures in 2002.
Trump will soon learn the costs of going it alone on trade.
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American lawmakers in the 1930s learned the hard way what happens when a country raises tariffs and makes other unilateral trade decisions.
Apple’s products would be a lot more expensive if the U.S. didn’t trade with China.
The president said he's considering ending trade with any country that does business with North Korea. Here's why that will never happen.
The U.S. is slapping tariffs on China-made aluminum, which could lead to a trade war.
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Some fear that recent actions against China taken by the Trump administration mean we're on the verge of a trade war. What would be the cost?
Chrysler auto assembly workers work on the line assembling Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in Detroit, Michigan.
The administration's objectives for NAFTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico, set to begin in August, will do little to help American workers, let alone create shared prosperity across the continent.
A worker at an auto parts plant in Orion Township, Michigan, lifts coiled steel into place.
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The president has promised to put a stop to foreign companies 'dumping' steel on US markets. Former President Bush tried the same thing, and here's what happened.
A lot is riding on the first head-to-head meeting between Trump and Xi.
Nothing less than the fate of the global economy lies in the balance as the two strong-willed leaders sit down for their first one-on-one meeting.
There may be trouble ahead.
US accusations of German currency manipulation do not appear to be motivated by economics.
Trump prefers his trade negotiations to be tête-à-tête.
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Trade under Trump will mean more bilateral agreements, hard bargaining and ultimatums, a sharp departure from Obama's multilateral, win-win approach.
Donald Trump’s thumbs up for Taiwan is a sign of things to come.
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Donald Trump looks like he's gearing up for a trade war with China that has been years in the making.
Is it too soon to dig the TPP’s grave?
We've been examining the ins and outs of TPP and the rise of the anti-trade right for months. Here's a roundup of some of our coverage.
Could protectionism make America great again? Trump thinks so.
A President Trump or Sanders would be likely to pursue protectionist trade policies such as higher tariffs. History suggests such policies could lead to a trade war, with painful consequences.