Updates / Trade


By / 3.12.2018

Donald Trump loves walls and he loves tariffs, which are walls of another kind – barriers to open trade. In his mind, walling off the outside world is the key to making America great again. From this warped perspective, his decision last week to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports makes perfect sense. But […]

By / 3.8.2018

The remaining 11 countries are to sign a renegotiated deal Thursday. U.S. companies will suffer. When President Trump announced the U.S. would pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in January 2017, he likely thought he’d consigned the proposed trade pact to history’s dustbin. After all, America was by far the largest and most influential country […]

By / 12.19.2017

It’s been a surreal political year, but PPI has much to celebrate this holiday season. Throughout 2017, we expanded our productive capacity and the scope of our political and media outreach significantly. For example, PPI organized 150 meetings with prominent elected officials; visited 10 state capitals and 10 foreign capitals, published an influential book and […]

By / 11.15.2017

The president is making moves to terminate NAFTA without considering the economic and legal repercussions. Donald Trump has few positive achievements as president. But the man famous for firing people has certainly shown a knack as a terminator: Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership and terminated a […]

By / 5.22.2017

PPI Statement on Recent APEC and TPP Developments Recent developments in the Trump Administration’s “America First” trade policy are hardly encouraging for American manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, service providers, and workers who want to prosper and grow through increased Asia-Pacific trade. At this weekend’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade minsters’ meeting, U.S. officials reportedly wasted […]

By / 1.23.2017

The Progressive Policy Institute issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): In announcing his decision today to withdraw from the TPP, President Trump claimed that this step was a “great thing.” We strongly disagree. The President’s hasty action on the TPP is bad […]

By / 11.8.2016

Jobs have been the focal point of 2016’s populist campaign against trade. Trade skeptics like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have railed against open trade and deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as schemes to benefit global elites at the cost of millions of jobs for hardworking Americans. They claim that American workers would be […]

By / 11.8.2016

Few Americans paid attention last week as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak traveled to China to witness the signing of a host of business agreements between Chinese and Malaysian companies. They should have, because Razak’s pilgrimage to Beijing is likely to be repeated by other Asian Pacific leaders if Washington lets President Obama’s proposed Trans-Pacific […]

Protectionist trade policies would throw the U.S. economy into turmoil and lead to the loss of millions of middle-class jobs, a new report said on Monday. The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) concluded that trade policies that cut off the United States from the global economy would do more harm than good in boosting job creation […]

In a new special series published by RealClearPolicy, PPI President Will Marshall squares off against Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, senior policy advisors to the Trump campaign, on trade policy in the next presidential administration. “Donald Trump  calls  the U.S. economy a ‘disaster’ and blames trade for sapping America’s industrial might,” Marshall writes. “Neither claim is true, but […]