‘We lost $817 billion a year, over the last number of years, in trade,” President Trump said at a summer rally. “In other words, if we didn’t trade, we’d save a hell of a lot of money.”
Mr. Trump’s bombast has flipped the Republican pro-trade script. For Democrats, this change offers a significant political opening and a pivotal choice: Should Democrats echo Mr. Trump’s 1930s-era protectionism, or reclaim the tradition of global engagement sustained by FDR, JFK, and Bill Clinton?
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