Tradelines News

Get the latest news and updates on cross-border customs and international trade.

A Trump Policy Adviser is Already Walking Back Tough Talk on Trade

Posted November 11, 2016

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Ana Swanson – Washington Post)

Trump’s policy advisers may already be walking back some of his more aggressive rhetoric surrounding trade.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Wilbur Ross, a senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign and an author of Trump’s 100-day action plan that is viewed as a guide to his likely first efforts in office, said that people shouldn’t be worried about a trade war. He also tried to walk back Trump’s previous claim that he would put a 45 percent tax on goods coming out of China, saying Trump had been misquoted.

“Everybody says, oh he’s going to slap 45 percent tariff on everything out of China. That’s not what he said, and it’s not what he intends,” Ross said. “What he actually said was if – if it turns out that the Chinese yuan is 45 percent overvalued, or as much as 45, and if they won’t negotiate with us, then it may become necessary as a negotiating measure to threaten them with as much as a 45 percent tariff.” Click here to read more.

Related: Who Wins a Trade War? China (Bloomberg)