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Democratic Candidates Target ‘Bungled’ Trump Trade War in Debate

  • 2020 contenders say tariffs impose higher costs on consumers
  • Debate held as U.S.-China trade talks resume in Shanghai

Democratic candidates tore into President Donald Trump’s tariffs in their debate Tuesday night, citing higher costs for consumers and the need for better trade deals.

The U.S.-China trade war, which began more than a year ago, has created uncertainty for many American businesses and been an undercurrent in the 2020 campaign. Companies have delayed investment decisions as they await a resolution to ongoing negotiations and the tensions have weighed particularly on the manufacturing sector.