Trump Aides Scramble to Contain a Trade War



Andrew Restuccia, Burgess Everett, and Sabrina Rodriguez | Politico

While President Donald Trump dined with the British royal family, his team back in Washington was rushing to deal with the expanding trade war he left behind.

Administration officials started the week with a multi-front scramble as they sought to ease worries about another market-shaking tariff escalation, explain the president’s thinking to allies and salvage negotiations with lawmakers over his signature trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.

Trump says he’ll hit Mexico with escalating tariffs starting next Monday unless the country does more to stem the flow of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States. The threat is already infuriating lawmakers, who warn that such a move could damage a strong U.S. economy and undermine efforts to win congressional approval of the USMCA, one of Trump’s top legislative priorities.

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