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CNN guest steamrolls Trump adviser on damaging trade war: ‘Farmers and manufacturers are suffering’

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Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell on Friday rolled over Trump economic adviser Stephen Moore, who tried in vain to defend the president’s trade wars.

During a CNN panel on Trump’s trade policies, Moore tried to defend President Donald Trump’s approach to handling international relations, but Rampell pointed out that the president’s antagonism of allies has only yielded modest benefits even as American diplomacy takes a major hit.

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Additionally, Rampell argued that Trump’s tariffs are doing great harm to American companies and consumers.

“The issue is that we are punishing China and also punishing our own companies and our own consumers,” she said. “If you look at the kinds of things we put tariffs on, it’s largely products that American firms that rely on global supply chains purchase. So they’re the ones that are suffering, not to mention farmers and manufacturers who are suffering from retaliatory tariffs.”

In particular, Rampell pointed to the plight of American soybean farmers who have seen their sales to China drastically cut thanks to the president’s trade wars.

Moore tried to argue that China’s trade practices have been so abusive that the president was left with no choice but to strike back against them.

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“He’s striking back against our own companies and our own consumers,” Rampell countered.

Watch the video below.

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