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Karl W. Smith

Biden’s Kinder, Gentler Trumpism

With his supply chain task force, the current president is continuing the policies of the previous president.

Biden and Trump agree America needs more of these. 

Biden and Trump agree America needs more of these. 

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Far from overthrowing Trumpism, President Joe Biden seems intent on continuing it — perfecting it, even. The latest evidence is his administration’s supply chain initiative, which aims to reduce U.S. reliance on China and could result in tariffs.

Since the beginning of the 2020 campaign, the rhetorical gulf between the 45th and 46th presidents has obscured their relative agreement over objectives and even methods. The administration’s 250-page report on the supply chain, released last week, represents a broader and more comprehensive vision for industrial policy than anything Trump did or could have produced.