Thursday, March 9, 2017
Dark Clouds Hang Over US-Germany Trade Prospects
Navarro, the director of the new White House National Trade Council, also in an address to economists in Washington depicted chronic trade deficits as a threat to national security and said the Trump administration would seek to "reclaim" parts supply chains that had moved overseas.
Navarro said Germany has too long used the argument that the EU dictates its trade policy and that it does not control the value of the euro.
"I think that it would be useful to have candid discussions with Germany about ways that we could possibly get that deficit reduced outside the boundaries and restrictions that they claim that they are under," Navarro told a National Association for Business Economics conference.
"But it's a serious issue. Germany is one of the most difficult trade deficits that we're going to have to deal with but we're thinking long and hard about that."
The dark cloud of tariffs or other border taxes against Germany are heavy in the air with an administration that is economically ignorant, especially when it comes to trade.
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It is just remarkable that Navarro holds such an economically ignorant position. A position whose policies if enacted would do significant damage to the United States and global economy.
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