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What do Trump's trade policies mean for citizens and the economy?

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The US has imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. In response, a number of countries, including Mexico, Canada, and China, have imposed taxes on more than $24 billion of US exports. What do you want to know about the Trump administration’s trade war?

The administration says the tariffs will create jobs, but a number of economists say we will see a net job loss, perhaps hundreds of thousands of jobs. How are tariffs and changes in trade policies affecting the economy and workers?



Susan Aaronson, Research Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University, GWU Cross-Disciplinary Fellow, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation

Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, founder and board member of the Citizens Trade Campaign, a U.S. national coalition of consumer, labor, environmental, family farm, religious, and civil rights groups

Celeste Drake, trade and globalization policy specialist at the AFL-CIO, where she advocates for reforms to U.S. trade policy to create shared gains from trade on behalf of working families

Web Resources:

The Economic Times: Donald Trump's many trade wars: A summary

The Week: What progressives like about Trump's trade war

New Orleans City Business: Reaction to the trade battle between China and the US

Politico: U.S. launches 5 WTO cases against retaliatory tariffs


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.