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Study the way Trump has rolled out the tariffs. You can see the end game. Trump started with a couple on appliances/solar. Then did a universal tariff on steel & AL two major products that China was dumping in to US. Then he hit $50 billion at 25% warning there will be more if...
..China didn't play ball. China didn't blink. He slapped another 10% on $200 billion warning it would go to 25% and the other 300+billion is in danger. At this point even an idiot would take notice. China finally came to the table. Capitalists rejoiced. The trade war was over...
.. but communists are not capitalists so they played fast and loose. Trump raised the stakes to 25% on that $200 billion and moved forward on the rest. This has been a 2 year slow walk to give companies time to move. Those that were smart have reduced their exposure.
Those that listened to Obama and the fake media about Russia are taking it on the chin. At this point, thinking in 3 or 4 months the additional tariffs will not be placed is a bad bet. If they have not left China by now, they need to get out asap.
There is no one to blame for this but the communists within China and the fake media. Trump warned them, he gave them massive hints of what was coming. He increased the pressure slowly, giving them time to change. At every point China met us with indifference and hostility.
Pretty much the same response from the left/Dems since 2016, every time Trump reaches out to them to work together for the greater good. I see no reason why China will change at this point nor the Dems. Both are only hurting themselves.
If Trump was stupid, he would have just slapped tariffs on China on Jan 20th, 2017. This would have caused great pain but the slow roll out gave everyone paying attention time to prepare.
Some used that time to shift their behavior. Some of the dumber ones used that time to launch a Russian hoax or play games with NK or pretend to give in and then reneged on a deal. Trump passed tax cuts first before tariffs so companies can have a cushion to absorb the tariffs..
..and still make money. He cut regulations for them. He warned in speech after speech, time after time this was coming. No one should be surprised. (BTW he is doing the same with NAFTA, if the Dems don't pass USMCA , NAFTA will be gone. Trump has warned them)
He doesn't bluff. He starts out at the furthest point he is willing to go if the deal goes up in flames & then moves towards the center to reach the best deal for both. If there is no deal he is fine with his starting position. People see the movement towards the center and ....
....think he is bluffing. He isn't. He does the same thing every time. Doesn't matter what it is: TPP, paris accords, military spending, tax cuts, tariffs, censorship. He is always open to deal for less but his starting position is what he is willing to do & will do if no deal.
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