Chaffetz on Trump Tariffs: Long Term Goal Is Equalizing Trade

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Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz responds to the idea that tariffs will cause other countries to retaliate and ultimately will not help American workers, on this week's FOX News Sunday panel.

In response to "Trade war" fears, Chaffetz explained: "I think the president is after the long-term goal of making sure that there's an equalization that happens across our borders."

"We love Canada. We love Germany. These are our allies. But it is not fair. And the people within those industries, who want to export to those countries, know how imbalanced it is and that's why Donald Trump enjoy so much support from those people in those industries," Chaffetz said.





JASON CHAFFETZ, FORMER U.S. CONGRESSMAN (R-UT): No, look, the president was elected to do something other than the status quo. And his disruption was certainly very successful in that summit. That's what he was elected to do. That's what he's doing. And I think in his -- from his approach, that puts the United States in a position to now go back and push some negotiations so that we can get to something that is fair and balanced and equal. I think that's what the president is after and I think that's where we'll eventually get to.

WALLACE: But, Congressman Chaffetz, President Trump keep saying, and Peter Navarro says, that, look, the point of all this -- and that eventually our allies and countries like China will cave and lower their trade barriers. But the results, at least so far, and I understand it's early, is that instead of lowering their trade barriers in response to our threats, they're raising their tariffs. I mean are -- can't you make the argument that instead of solving the problem, we're creating a trade war?

CHAFFETZ: I think the president is after the long term goal of making sure that there's an equalization that happens across our borders. We love Canada. We love Germany. These are our allies. But it is not fair. And the people within those industries, who want to export to those countries, know how imbalanced it is and that's why Donald Trump enjoy so much support from those people in those industries. And I think this will accelerate the need to, now that there's a problem, to go back -- and it's been highlighted by the president -- to go back and solve that. And I think he will.

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