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Tracing Trump’s Aggressive Tariff Strategy Back to the 1980s | “Trump’s Trade War” | FRONTLINE

President Donald Trump’s decision to put tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese imports last year shocked the world — but he’s taken a similarly aggressive stance on trade for decades.

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In fact, Trump has been talking about a tariff strategy since the late 1980s, when he first tested the presidential waters — and his message back then bore notable similarities to the one that helped propel his winning 2016 campaign.

Learn more in a scene from “Trump’s Trade War,” a new documentary from FRONTLINE and NPR that goes inside the face-off between the world’s two largest economic superpowers.

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