Tariffs part of trade policies

WASHINGTON – Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has traded barbs with President Donald Trump, said on Sunday she’s “not afraid of tariffs,” but stopped short of endorsing his decision to launch steep tariffs on steel and aluminum.

In several television interviews, Ms Warren, who has been touted as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said she saw a role for tariffs as part of US trade policy.

“I am not afraid of tariffs,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program. “We need a comprehensive rethinking of our trade policy.”

Ms Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said she was glad Mr Trump agreed to exempt Canada and Mexico from the tariffs, but urged policymakers to think beyond a handful of particular industries when it comes to overhauling trade policy.

“I think that our trade deals have been negotiated for a very, very long time now to benefit large, multinational corporations, not to benefit the American worker,” she said.

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