Why does Trump like trade wars?

Just what is motivating Donald Trump in this trade war? According to experts, it’s partly political pragmatism, partly native ignorance, and – perhaps surprisingly – a little dollop of justification.

11th August, 2019
Donald Trump with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing. Pic: Getty

Just what is motivating Donald Trump in this trade war? According to experts, it’s partly political pragmatism, partly native ignorance, and – perhaps surprisingly – a little dollop of justification.

Political pragmatism first. This is, in many ways, a big and loud message to his base that he’s tough on the people he and they blame for stealing jobs from blue-collar Americans. China, maybe unfairly, is an emblem of that sense of grievance....

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