How to handle a Trump Trade War
Donald Trump has been trading barbs with his former allies and enemies alike since he took office.
The former commander-in-chief has gone on a verbal rampage against allies and critics alike, but the new president has a history of getting the worst of it.
Here’s a rundown of the latest skirmishes in the White House’s war against the global economy.
How do you handle a trade war?
It’s difficult to predict what will happen in a Trump trade war, but we do know that the president is looking to renegotiate trade agreements, which could open the door for tariffs or other retaliatory measures.
“I’m going to renegotiat NAFTA,” Trump said during a campaign stop in Wisconsin last week.
“We’re going to make sure that we’re getting the jobs back.”
The president has not publicly said whether he would take executive action to renegotiates trade agreements.
If he does, it would require Congress to approve such an action, which would be unlikely.
In a White House briefing Tuesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway reiterated that Trump is not contemplating a trade dispute.
“He does not see a trade conflict,” Conway said.
“His position is, we are not looking to take any action that could threaten American jobs.
His position is that we are focused on getting the United States to compete and prosper with the world.”
Trump’s chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, said on MSNBC that Trump’s administration has not taken any actions that could lead to trade war.
“There is no threat to American jobs,” Cohn said.
Is there a trade crisis in the works?
The president’s rhetoric on trade has not exactly been a winning one.
Since taking office, Trump has said that he would renegotiate a number of trade agreements and have tariffs slapped on goods from Mexico to China.
He has also suggested that he is open to imposing trade tariffs on countries that do not pay for the border wall that was promised during the campaign.
But Trump’s most recent trade war comes just a few weeks after he was criticized for claiming during a rally in Ohio that he could negotiate a deal that would allow the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.
The president made the remarks during an appearance on Fox News on March 2, and he later backtracked.
“You know, you’re going for something where you’re making the case for a trade deal, where you have the other side not paying, so you have to have the right amount of trade,” Trump told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo.
“And I’m making the argument for a lot of reasons.
But that’s the reason.
I have a good relationship with the people of the United Nations.
And if they are going to leave, I want to make the case.”
What’s Trump’s beef with the World Trade Organization?
After Trump’s first big trade war with China, Trump vowed that he will renegotiate the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
“If you think the World Watch Institute is a bad thing, just look at what they’re doing, you know,” Trump tweeted in February.
The White House said Tuesday that the White and Congressional Committees that oversee the World Economic Forum (WEF) have received a letter from Trump’s Commerce Department asking them to consider the need to renegotiating the World Wide Web, a key source of trade for the United State.
“The Trump Administration has been very clear that we will never negotiate on trade,” the letter states.
“Therefore, we cannot and do not intend to negotiate with the WTO.
We strongly encourage you to consider this request and to look into its potential impact on U.S. business.”
How will the president respond to a trade boycott?
The Trump administration has been a vocal critic of boycotts of foreign businesses, with some critics calling it an attempt to undermine the country’s global standing.
But the president has signaled a willingness to negotiate a trade agreement with the countries that boycott him.
During his recent rally in Milwaukee, Trump was asked about the boycott of Chinese food by protesters, and the president said that “there will be a negotiation.
And it will be very fair.”
Trump told the crowd that he “will be happy to have China do it” and he promised to “make it happen.”
He also said he would “do it, in my first 100 days, I will renegotiat it.”
The White house said that the administration is open for negotiations with the nations that boycott China.
“China will continue to honor its commitments to the WTO, and its WTO obligations, and it will also honor all other commitments made by the United Sates and its partners,” the statement reads.
“This will include China’s pledge to continue to implement the Agreement on the elimination of all trade barriers in its economy.”
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