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Michael R. Strain

You Can’t Be Pro-Jobs Without Being Pro-Trade

If Elizabeth Warren really wants to help workers, she could start with the facts.

The vision part is missing.

The vision part is missing.

Photographer: Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a likely 2020 presidential contender, recently laid out her vision for foreign policy in a speech at American University and an essay in Foreign Affairs. The Massachusetts Democrat was highly critical of traditional U.S. trade policy.

She writes that the trade deals negotiated by leaders of both political parties “mainly lifted the boats of the wealthy while leaving millions of working Americans to drown.” Her conclusion: “Policymakers were willing to sacrifice American jobs in hopes of lowering prices for consumer goods at home and spreading open markets abroad.”