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Trump Said Tariffs Would Reduce the Trade Deficit. Instead, It Grew.

Posted on AllSides June 19th, 2024
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Ken Cedeno/ZUMA Press/Newscom

During former President Donald Trump's term in office, he promised that higher tariffs on American imports would reduce the country's large trade deficit.

At the time, many economists disputed that notion. Tariffs might marginally reduce the import side of the trade ledger, but they also reduce economic output (and therefore exports), so the net effect on the trade deficit was likely to be minuscule, they warned.

No matter. In 2017, the White House's official Trade Policy Agenda highlighted how America's manufacturing trade deficit had grown from $317 billion in 2000 to...

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