US President Trump signs Section 232 Proclamations on Steel and Aluminium Imports in the Oval Office of the White House on March 8. Next week’s first midterm election contests are in Pennsylvania, where hundreds of thousands of steel workers have seen catastrophic decline over the past four decades. Trump travels there this weekend to fend off a Democratic challenge. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

Trump’s tariffs plan: his most crass and counterproductive malaprop yet

There’s no evidence of a trade war – especially one waged in the rear-view mirror – ever having been ‘good’, and even less of any ‘being easy to win’

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US President Trump signs Section 232 Proclamations on Steel and Aluminium Imports in the Oval Office of the White House on March 8. Next week’s first midterm election contests are in Pennsylvania, where hundreds of thousands of steel workers have seen catastrophic decline over the past four decades. Trump travels there this weekend to fend off a Democratic challenge. Photo: AFP
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