'Tariff man' fails to cut ballooning US trade deficit

'Tariff man' fails to cut ballooning US trade deficit
Donald Trump at a trade meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He. Pic: Getty

Trump had made deficit reduction one of his central promises during his election campaign and he committed specifically and repeatedly to a deficit reduction plan

The one thing that has always stood out about Donald Trump – hair apart – was his continuous insistence that he knows best. According to himself, as president of the US, he would organise world trade, world peace and a prosperous America for the Americans. And more; he would succeed where the other fools had failed, while of course building a wall to keep Mexicans out, sorting out the health service and restoring industrial muscle to American heartlands.

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