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New Trade Barriers Will Only Undercut Administration’s Economic Success 

Sep 7, 2018 by AFP

ARLINGTON, Va. – Following President Donald Trump’s announcement today that the administration will move ahead with a plan to impose tariffs on Chinese imports, Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips issued the following statement:

“The Trump administration deserves enormous credit for jumpstarting this roaring economy by breaking down tax and regulatory barriers, but erecting new barriers on trade puts all that good work at risk. We urge the administration not to lose sight of the farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses across the country who are getting crushed by this misguided trade war. Imposing steep tariffs and bailing out select industries with government subsidies isn’t how you punish China; it’s how you become China. Americans don’t want government handouts, they want free trade and open markets.”

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