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Sorting Through Mixed Messages About Trade Wars

Since President Trump announced he’d impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, and other countries have talked about retaliation, we’ve heard mixed messages about what the impact of all of that could be.

The president tweeted: “When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win.”

Meanwhile, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, who’s introduced a bill to nullify the tariffs has said the White House is courting “economic disaster.”

To help sort through the history of trade wars and their economic impacts, The Show's Mark Brodie is joined by Joshua Meltzer; he’s a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, where he works on international and digital trade issues.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.