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    Tariffs Are One Position That Trump’s Never Changed

    He’s switched parties seven times and reversed himself on health care, but President Trump’s remained steadfast on trade. In 1988, Trump told Americans that “we have to fight back” against job-sapping import imbalances. On Thursday, saying his nation had been “ravaged by aggressive foreign trade practices,” he enacted 25- and 10-percent tariffs on steel and aluminum, respectively — a move many fear will launch a trade war. While Canada, the largest supplier of both metals to the U.S., is exempt, other nations and many Republicans are struggling to weaken Trump’s resolve.

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