Grassley says Trump doesn’t believe in tariffs — MM spoke with Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for an upcoming podcast series on the future of global trade about what President Trump really believes, among other topics.
Grassley on Trump: “He believes in tariffs as a tool to get a negotiation as opposed to being an end in themselves. Then he hasn’t changed anything. If he has used tariffs because he believes they’re good, and I know he says that, but I don’t believe he actually believes that. I don’t see how he could believe it.”
“[H]e hasn’t changed the Republican Party. We’re still a party of free trade … I surely hope that he has learned from history that lower tariffs are good.” (More below.)