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How Trump's trade war with China could go sideways on him

How Trump's trade war with China could go sideways on him

President Donald Trump is a man who judges his successes by anecdote - both real and embellished. But his trade war is turning the anecdotes against him, and there are growing signs of trouble, even as the war officially began Friday.

A poll conducted by The Washington Post and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University asked whether people felt Trump's "taxes known as tariffs" against China were a good thing or a bad thing, in light of news that China retaliated with its own tariffs on U.S. goods. Fully 56 percent of voters thought the situation was bad for U.S. jobs.

The even bigger concern, though, was about the cost of products. About...

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