Lift the tariffs, and restart trade talks with China now

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 3:00pm
By Thomas J. Donohue, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Amid all the talk of a possible recession, it’s important for everyone to remember this: Economic expansions do not die of natural causes. They often die because of missteps and policy mistakes. And the biggest mistake our leaders could make right now — putting our economy at greater risk of a downturn — is to stoke further uncertainty.

That’s why President Trump — and Chinese President Xi Jinping — should withdraw the additional tariffs scheduled to go into effect Sept. 1 and Dec. 15 and return to the negotiating table in good faith.

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