Talk:Donald Trump achievements: Trade policy

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Deal with Mexico

The Trump Administration made a deal with Mexico regarding sugar trade. It has been reported that this is a first step in renegotiating NAFTA,[1][2] but the sugar industry opposes the deal,[3] and at least some conservatives don't like it as well.[4] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:00, 7 June 2017 (EDT)

Renegotiating with South Korea

The Trump Administration is renegotiating a trade agreement with South Korea.[5][6] I'll try to follow this and see what happens. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:40, 13 July 2017 (EDT)

Please remember that these bilateral negotiations are supposed to take the place of all of the agreements that had been hammered out for the TPP. JDano (talk) 21:01, 13 July 2017 (EDT)
But regardless, the U.S. made bad trade deals with other countries in the past, and the Trump Administration is apparently taking steps to improve them. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:07, 13 July 2017 (EDT)
The U.S. might not pull out of the trade deal -- the establishment/liberal wing of the White House opposes leaving the deal and is trying to get Trump to reconsider: [7] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:46, 10 September 2017 (EDT)
More info on the actual agreement: [8] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:40, 11 September 2017 (EDT)

After initially not wanting to renegotiate, South Korea is now willing to renegotiate: [9] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:43, 4 October 2017 (EDT)

The U.S. has reached a tentative renegotiation deal with South Korea: [10][11][12][13][14] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:14, 27 March 2018 (EDT)

Punishing China

The Trump Administration is reportedly considering enacting trade measures against China.[15][16][17] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:00, 2 August 2017 (EDT)

Trade Representative Lighthizer is saying he will conduct a thorough investiagation into the China probe that Trump ordered recently.[18] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:50, 16 August 2017 (EDT)
While not a policy move, the Trump Administration stated that the U.S.'s support for China's entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001 was a mistake: [19][20] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:31, 21 January 2018 (EST)

China opening up its markets

China just ended its tariffs on U.S. broiler chickens: [21] This seems like a good thing (though I'm a bit puzzled as to why it is doing this in the face of potential major U.S. tariffs against it), but it's probably not significant enough to add. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:37, 27 February 2018 (EST)

China is now appearing to take a more conciliatory stance on trade after Trump imposed large tariffs on the country: [22][23][24] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:57, 30 March 2018 (EDT)
Regardless, China just retaliated with its own set of tariffs: [25][26][27][28][29] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:58, 1 April 2018 (EDT)
And another announcement: [30][31][32] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:16, 4 April 2018 (EDT)
China stated it would open up its market in response to U.S. tariffs,[33][34][35][36][37][38] but not after it filed a compaint on the tariffs at the WTO.[39] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:15, 10 April 2018 (EDT)
While Trump had kind words for that announcement,[40] the White House, fortunately, is cautious.[41][42] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:38, 10 April 2018 (EDT)
A possible concession by China?[43] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:19, 17 April 2018 (EDT)

Likely failures

Trump failed to label China a currency manipulator several times already,[44][45] and he refused to do it again: [46][47] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:42, 13 April 2018 (EDT)

On the other hand, Trump did criticize China (along with Russia) for currency devaluation: [48][49] Hopefully, the "currency manipulator" label isn't simply wishful thinking yet. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:26, 16 April 2018 (EDT)

NAFTA renegotation

The tone taken by the U.S. on renegotiating NAFTA is much different from that of Canada and Mexico.[50] The U.S. is emphasizing the agreement's failures and wants bigger changes, but Canada and Mexico like the agreement. The coming talks will be interesting -- hopefully, the U.S. will get something out of them. --1990'sguy (talk) 15:52, 16 August 2017 (EDT)

And to clarify, the NAFTA renegotiation talks just began.[51] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:05, 16 August 2017 (EDT)
The U.S. is taking a strong stance on the renegotiation: [52] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:53, 17 August 2017 (EDT)
What conservatives and liberals want from the NAFTA renegotation: [53] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:45, 5 April 2018 (EDT)

Deep state opposes NAFTA renegotiation

The U.S. deep state is apparently opposed to the Trump Administration's renegotiation of NAFTA.[54] Hopefully, the Senate will approve some more trade nominees to help weaken the deep state. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:59, 19 October 2017 (EDT)

Interesting article

Probably not an article to add, but this Washington Times article is an interesting read. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:28, 6 September 2017 (EDT)

Here's another good one: [55] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:54, 11 September 2017 (EDT)

Canada wants U.S. to abolish right-to-work

The Canadian government wants the U.S. to abolish right-to-work as part of their NAFTA negotiations because this makes the U.S. more competitive.[56] This is really dumb because the Canadian government could just reform their own system to make it more attractive. Fortunately, it will probably be practically impossible for Congress to do this, and hopefully, the Trump Administration will reject this request. --1990'sguy (talk) 17:54, 11 September 2017 (EDT)

Going soft on trade?

The Trump Administration is saying that it is temporarily taking a softer stance on trade in order to appease Congress so they pass tax reform.[57][58] Hopefully, this softer stance will actually be temporary and not become permanent. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:13, 22 September 2017 (EDT)


The International Trade Commission has recommended that the Trump Administration to raise tariffs on solar power imports.[59][60] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:11, 1 November 2017 (EDT)

The Trump Administration is imposing several other minor tariffs: [61][62][63] These might be things we should add, though they may not be very significant, and the ITC has not approved at least some of them yet. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:46, 13 April 2018 (EDT)

Reciprocal tax

President Trump is apparently planning on a reciprocal tax on countries that have tariffs on U.S. exports: [64][65][66][67] Hopefully, he has the authority to do it without Congress. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:52, 12 February 2018 (EST)

Aluminum and steel tariffs

President Trump stated he would enact major tariffs on aluminum and steel imports next week,[68][69][70][71] though the details are not finalized.[72] If this is the case, it means the White House globalists have failed.[73] Trump seems to strongly support these tariffs even despite opposition from globalists and the establishment, which is good.[74][75][76][77] Hopefully, what he signs next week will be the same as what he announced yesterday. Here are some other interesting articles on this issue: [78][79] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:30, 2 March 2018 (EST)

Australia may be exempt from the tariffs: [80] As an aside, this article by The New American shows that giving the executive branch authority over tariffs is probably unconstitutional: [81] (Trump's decision is an achievement regardless, and many other presidents -- Reagan, Bush, etc. -- used that authority, and much worse). --1990'sguy (talk) 23:15, 9 March 2018 (EST)
Apparently, several countries, including the EU as a whole, will get exemptions from the tariffs.[82][83][84] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:54, 22 March 2018 (EDT)

So far, contrary to the claims of free trade alarmists, aluminum prices have fallen since Trump's tariff announcements: [85] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:55, 6 April 2018 (EDT)

Returning jobs

Due to Trump's tariff announcement, a U.S. steel company based in Illinois announced it would bring back 500 jobs: [86][87][88][89][90] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:24, 7 March 2018 (EST)


The countries that negotiated the TPP are now negotiating a new agreement, the CPTPP. The U.S. will not be part of this agreement, according to reports, and this is a good thing if true.[91][92] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:47, 12 November 2017 (EST)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said recently that the U.S. might rejoin the TPP after all: [93] Hopefully, this won't happen. --1990'sguy (talk) 14:27, 3 March 2018 (EST)
The new treaty was signed by 11 countries, excluding the U.S.: [94][95][96][97] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:43, 8 March 2018 (EST)
Mnuchin again stated the U.S. would look into rejoining the TPP: [98] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:58, 21 March 2018 (EDT)
President Trump reportedly ordered his aides to look into rejoining the TPP[99][100][101][102][103][104] (which would probably be a bad idea no matter what, since the organization did away with reforms it apparently proposed to appease the U.S.[105]). --1990'sguy (talk) 18:55, 12 April 2018 (EDT)
Fortunately, Trump clarified his comments: [106][107] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:02, 13 April 2018 (EDT)
Here's an interesting article about the TPP -- it might not actually contain China: [108] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:42, 13 April 2018 (EDT)
Fortunately, Larry Kudlow appears to be downplaying the chance of the U.S. rejoining TPP: [109][110] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:21, 17 April 2018 (EDT)
Trump himself is still skeptical: [111][112][113][114] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:07, 18 April 2018 (EDT)

Here's a good reminder of what Trump said in 2016 about the TPP: [115] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:54, 14 April 2018 (EDT)

Trade appointments

I looked at some of Trump's trade nominees. Robert Lighthizer, who has already been confirmed and sworn in, is taking a strong stance on trade,[116], while Jeffrey Gerrish, Stephen Vaughn, and Dennis Shea either already serve or have been nominated to important trade positions.[117][118] I will add this to the article soon. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:45, 19 November 2017 (EST)

Here are more articles on Lighthizer (mainly from the MSM): [119][120][121][122][123][124] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:37, 3 January 2018 (EST)

Bad trade news

In 2017, the trade deficit reached its highest level since 2008: [125][126] This can be explained by the fact that President Trump has barely started reforming U.S. trade policy, but hopefully, he and his administration will take a tougher stance on trade real soon. --1990'sguy (talk) 13:16, 6 February 2018 (EST)

Another article on this: [127] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:24, 7 March 2018 (EST)

International forums and other groups

Hopefully, the Trump Administration will stand up for its agenda at the G20 finance summit, as this article already indicates: [128] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:18, 19 March 2018 (EDT)

This might be the final statement from the G20: [129] Not the best, but could be worse. --1990'sguy (talk) 09:04, 21 March 2018 (EDT)


The Trump Administration is suing China through the WTO: [130] We'll see what happens with this. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:26, 23 March 2018 (EDT)

And now, China is suing the U.S. through the WTO: [131] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:11, 5 April 2018 (EDT)

Protecting domestic car production

This is interesting: the Trump Administration is considering tightening environmental regulations on foreign cars in order to protect the domestic car-production industry: [132][133][134][135] I can see how this can become a slippery slope to more domestic environmental regulations, but it still seems like a smart move that takes advantage of the leftist environmental/regulatory agenda to actually advance a conservative agenda. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:44, 6 April 2018 (EDT)

Trade investigations

The Trump Administration is investigating whether China is dumping steel wheels on the U.S. market: [136] This may be something to add, though it seems rather minor compared to the other investigations already in this article (though maybe it's appropriate to add). --1990'sguy (talk) 23:13, 18 April 2018 (EDT)