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The Increasingly Futile Quest to Lobby Against Trump's Tariffs

  • U.S. tariffs set to cover roughly all imports from China
  • Trade associations and companies say they won’t give up
Donald Trump on May 23.
Donald Trump on May 23.Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

Mark Maroon came to Washington three times last year to plead for relief from President Donald Trump’s tariffs, and he’s planning another trip next month -- even though he doesn’t have much hope.

Maroon doesn’t expect the administration to hold off imposing duties on $300 billion more in Chinese goods, a move that would hit products imported by Maroon’s company, which distributes specialty chemicals from its base in Ohio. With existing tariffs already costing the firm 10% of its business in lost sales, he has no choice but to make his case.