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Trump’s Protectionism Continues Long History of U.S. Rejection of Free Trade

Posted February 21, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Giulio Gallarotti – The Conversation)

Free traders have vilified President Donald Trump as a pernicious protectionist because of policies such as hiking tariffs, abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership and saying he’s prepared to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

They fear his policies will hurt the U.S. economy by restricting access to foreign goods. But are these policies really so radically different from past administrations?

Absolutely not. The fact is the U.S. has never been a truly free trade country – one with virtually no barriers to trade with other nations – as some people seem to think. The idea that the U.S. ever was is a myth. Click here to read more.