Press / 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

On March 1, after weeks of “absolute chaos” within his administration, Trump held a hastily arranged “listening session” with metals executives. Trump announced — to the surprise of his staff — that he’d be imposing import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, and that these tariffs would last “a long period of time.” Trump […]

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 / 2.20.2018

Responses to President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese solar panels fall into two general camps. One holds that Chinese solar manufacturing subsidies are so egregious as to require U.S. tariffs to deter additional subsidies by Beijing. Others believe the action is really just free-trade political posturing by Trump, and in practice, amounts only to a […]

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 But the man famous for firing people has certainly shown a knack as a terminator: Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership and terminated a […]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 / 8.17.2017

With the rollout of their new “A Better Deal” agenda, congressional Democrats have a chance for a reset with American voters. And nowhere do they need a reset more than on trade. Unfortunately, with their recent announcement of “A Better Deal on Trade and Jobs,” Democrats missed a key opportunity to offer a balanced trade plan that […]

By / 8.1.2017

Donald Trump is infatuated with the 2016 election map, which underscores his dominance in red-coded rural counties. Candidate Trump repeatedly promised to “take care” of America’s rural voters who, in return, provided some of his biggest vote margins. It’s ironic, then, that on issues from budgets to healthcare, America’s heartland stands to become an early […]

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 / 4.17.2017

During the campaign, Donald Trump reserved particular fury for the North American Free Trade Agreement. He blasted NAFTA as “a disaster” and blamed it for lost jobs, closed factories, and economic despair. It’s deeply ironic that renegotiating NAFTA—on a relatively reasonable basis—may be one of his best opportunities for a meaningful political and policy win. […]