Toledo Blade: President Donald J. Trump is keeping his promises on trade, and that is good for democracy and good for the people of Toledo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Youngstown, and many small towns in America in the so-called fly-over areas – places devastated by the trade policies of the last 30 years, and pretty much ignored by Washington.
Last week, the president proved that his seriousness about trade includes China. He said he will impose a possible 25 percent tariff on many Chinese imports into the United States.
Advantages previously afforded China when it was still a developing country are no longer appropriate now that it is one of the two largest economies in the world. China is our rival, a fairly ruthless one, and we must face that reality squarely. We must maintain decent relations, but America must come first. For the first time in a long time, our workers are being counted for more than an open China trade policy. That’s long overdue.