Why President Trump’s Latest Tariffs Are the Most Nonsensical

This week, President Trump took to Twitter to announce new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Brazil and Argentina. Although the Trump administration has had its share of puzzling trade war escalations — including declaring auto parts a threat to national security — this is potentially the most indefensible one yet. Anecdotally, the most frequent argument I hear from supporters of Trump’s trade policies is “we need to confront China.” On this point, I would simply note that it is both true that 1) China is guilty of serious, ongoing human rights abuses and 2) China’s greater embrace of