Biden and U.S. Trade Policy
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With inauguration right around the corner there are expected to be changes in the White House. Some very drastic changes, some very minor. One of the minor changes, at least for now, will be U.S. trade policy. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to take a more measured and multilateral approach to trade policy than President Trump. However, experts say that he is unlikely to make significant short-term changes to the tariffs and other restrictions imposed by President Trump. Though they seem to be each other’s worst enemy and cannot seem to agree on anything during this election season, Republicans and Democrats do agree on the need for the U.S. to take a tougher line on trade with China. President-elect Joe Biden probably will not levy any new tariffs on China but on the other hand he will likely maintain those already in place until a better solution to the problems the tariffs were designed to address become available. President-elect Joe Biden does intend to enlist the help of major trading partners to resolve longstanding trade grievances with China. With that said, the White House is likely to be much more proactive in advancing efforts to secure reforms at the WTO that will enable that body to more effectively address not only China but also various other trade issues. Another big reason why President-elect Joe Biden is not expected to make that many changes to U.S. trade policy is because he is focused on fixing this country. He is focused on domestic policy. He is focusing on his plan for economic recovery. He is focusing on alleviating the pandemic. He is focusing on how to bring America back together. Sure, the U.S. trade policy subject should not be slept on but the priority right now is his country. As mentioned before, with inauguration around the corner many things are going to change. For more information on the latest news regarding tariffs stay tuned here on our monthly blog.