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Brooke Sutherland

Trump Does Something Logical in His Illogical Trade War

Challenging a 144-year-old postal treaty isn't sexy, but it gets to the heart of imbalances with China.

A sensible trade-war maneuver.

A sensible trade-war maneuver.

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President Donald Trump is putting aside his tariff bazooka for the moment to instead target more surgical changes to trade relations.  In an otherwise illogical trade war, this maneuver makes sense.

Trump plans to withdraw from a 144-year-old postal treaty that's allowed Chinese companies to ship goods to America at significantly lower rates than what U.S. firms pay domestically. Putting aside the fact that Trump is reportedly more focused on the idea of tearing up trade treaties in general than the contents of this particular one, his administration is right to push back on this outdated system.