Trump has previously acknowledged Japan's trade surplus with the US, though prior to this week he had done little to concretely address the issue. He promised to turn things around by picking a few easy-to-win trade wars. 'The administration's fiscal policies have helped to boost the trade deficit'. Even worse: Our deficit in goods, which Trump for some reason emphasizes most, just hit its largest level ever.
When adjusted for inflation, the goods trade deficit surged $10.0 billion to a record $91.6 billion in December.
But the deficit has been a long-standing bugaboo for Trump.
It is a case of textbook economics catching up with some of Trump's unorthodox economic policies. "A competitive dollar is the most important tool we have to spur economic growth and job creation in the United States economy", said Michael Stumo, chief executive of the Coalition for a Prosperous America.
A broader measure of the nation's trade performance, which includes the services sector, showed a narrower, but still large US$621 billion deficit.
That study also found that workers in Republican-leaning counties, especially in farm states, suffered the greatest losses from tariffs that USA trading partners imposed in retaliation for the president's actions.
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Today, the US economy is healthy, with economic growth relatively robust.
There are also some broader macro-economic influences at play, not the least of which is a weak savings rate in the U.S. as well as the role the USA dollar plays as the world's reserve currency. American consumers and businesses have not stopped buying foreign goods, as the new data indicates, but they are paying higher prices for the privledge of doing so. Nominal goods exports to China tanked by 33% year-over-year in December, likely as a result of China's retaliatory tariffs on US goods. Could foreign exporters be rushing to get in under the wire of the auto tariffs Mr. Trump keeps threatening to impose if Europe, in particular, doesn't mirror US tariffs?
So in some ways then, Trump's preferred metric of "winning" is a victim of his own fiscally driven economic success. Several other trade agreements are on the table and the Trump administration continues to make changes to trade policies with countries around the world. You start a trade war, you should expect your exports to be hit. He initially imposed a 25 percent tariff on around $50 billion of Chinese goods. Auto tariffs would provoke retaliatory actions by the European Union, with unpleasant consequences for both sides and the global economy.
In 2018, however, solid United States growth, low unemployment and consumers' thirst for foreign products drove imports of goods and services up 7.5 percent to a record $3.1 trillion in 2018. If the tariffs led to the creation of 35,000 new manufacturing jobs - equal to all the steel and aluminum jobs lost in the past decade - they would cost US$195,000 per job, the study found. "Imports increased $217.7 billion, or 7.5 percent", the report reads.
Lighthizer also stressed that it wouldn't be enough for Beijing to agree to additional purchases of American soybeans, natural gas another goods.
Even the ones that look more plausible, such as the implementation of the new NAFTA, seem unlikely to move the needle. Their research also revealed that workers in many Republican-leaning counties suffered the most economically from Trump's trade disputes. The countries are now trying to reach a new deal. But as trade experts have pointed out, these new rules may be so costly to comply with that they could have the opposite of their intended effect, leading manufacturers to source less rather than more content from North America.