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Could a Trump Trade War With China Impact GOP Efforts to Keep Congress?

As China announced retaliatory tariffs on Wednesday morning, some in political circles started wondering how a U.S.-China trade war may impact the midterms.

By NTK Staff | 04.04.2018 @9:00am
Could a Trump Trade War With China Impact GOP Efforts to Keep Congress?

A few weeks ago, President Trump tweeted that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.” As prospects of a U.S.-China trade war grow, though, some in D.C. are wondering if a trade war, win or lose, will lead to GOP losses in the November midterms.

On Wednesday, China announced retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. Bloomberg reported:

China on Wednesday, matching the scale of proposed U.S. tariffs announced the previous day, said it would levy an additional 25 percent levy on around $50 billion of U.S. imports including soybeans, automobiles, chemicals and aircraft.

The tariffs would impact some of the top goods exported to China by the U.S. Oilseeds and grains ($15 billion in 2016, includes soybeans), motor vehicles ($8 billion), and aerospace products and parts ($14 billion) were the top three goods exports to China in 2016, according to the U.S.-China Business Council.

Politico‘s Playbook pointed to a Joshua Green tweet, on where the soybean tariffs would have the most impact in the U.S.:

Anyone following NTK Network would know that three of the top 10 U.S. Senate races in 2018 are in Ohio, Missouri, and Indiana, and that all three seats are currently held by vulnerable Democrats.

What’s more, other states with big U.S. House and U.S. Senate races are among the top exporters to China, including California, Texas, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Neither country’s tariffs are in place yet, with the U.S. and China having a few weeks to sort out their differences.

President Trump, for his part, has sent conflicting messages about a trade war. As mentioned above, he tweeted in early March that trade wars are “good” and “easy to win.” On Wednesday, though, Trump tweeted that the U.S. is not in a trade war because the country has already lost a trade war.

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