Trump is said to have shared his commitment to intensifying tariffs on Chinese goods in an interview with Fox News and is quoted as saying: “We have to do it.”
However, AAFA president Steve Lamar has suggested this tax would fall hardest on lower income US families and likened the proposed tariffs to imposing a 60% sales tax on every American closet.
He emphasised the disproportionate impact such measures would have on poorer consumers, stating: “Five years ago, President Trump was unsuccessful in getting Beijing to change its behaviour by making it more expensive for Americans to get dressed every morning, and we don’t see that changing in a second Trump Administration.”
BBC News has reported that during his presidency Trump imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods.
The policy, which began in 2018, encompassed levies on various goods ranging from seafood to chemicals to which, Beijing retaliated with tariffs on US imports such as soybeans, wheat, and poultry, according to the news publication.
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At the time the AAFA described the tariff threat as “reckless escalation” in which Congress “must step in and exert its authority on trade policy.”