President Biden and former President Trump did not agree on much during the campaign. Unfortunately, one of the few areas where Biden has chosen to continue Trump administration policies largely unchanged has been in trade. Most recently, Biden has chosen to allow tariffs on China to remain in place, making tariffs and trade barriers as much a Biden administration policy as a Trump administration one.
That’s disappointing given the public statements Biden and Vice PresidentKamala Harris made during the campaign, which rightly criticized those same tariffs for harming consumers, farmers, and manufacturers. At the same time, though, Biden’s course reversal shouldn’t be too surprising.