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The Trade War President

Donald Trump’s imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum, followed by his administration's announcement of 25% tariffs on some $50 billion of Chinese imports, has predictably triggered a tit-for-tat response from China. With America’s closest allies rejecting Trump's protectionism, can the US really afford to go it alone?

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