Trump trade war casualties could include 5 million U.S. jobs

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump said that China had committed “the greatest theft in the history of the world” by taking advantage of the United States in global trade.


“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country,” Trump said at a rally in May.

We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country. President-elect Donald Trump, at a campaign rally in Indiana in May

With Trump now headed to the White House in just three weeks, many trade backers fear the president-elect will follow through on his threats to add a 45 percent tax on all Chinese goods entering the U.S. and a 35 percent tariff on Mexican imports.

 

The anxiety over a possible trade war is particularly acute in Washington state, where China ranks as the No. 1 trading partner, accounting for nearly a quarter of all the state’s exports.

For many, the biggest worry is that China would respond by not doing business with Boeing, Washington state’s largest private employer, with more than 75,000 workers.

In Washington state, the biggest fear is that China would retaliate immediately against Boeing, the state’s largest private employer, with more than 75,000 workers.

“The Chinese will simply retaliate and make Washington goods much more expensive,” said former Washington state Democratic Gov. Gary Locke, who served as the U.S. ambassador to China from 2011 to 2014. “It will cost us jobs. Those Chinese airlines don’t have to buy from Boeing. And they don’t have to buy Washington wheat. . . . It’s bad news for Washington…

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