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The top false claims Trump makes about trade

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President Donald Trump repeatedly makes misleading and false claims about trade.



Some of the top falsehoods portray trade as a zero-sum game and seek to minimize perceived costs.



Trump says China pays US tariffs, for example, but there is a strong consensus that businesses and consumers bear the costs.

The Trump administration has raised valid concerns in its economic war with China, including what officials have found to be a system that allows intellectual-property theft and unfair state subsidies to companies. Yet when it comes to trade, President Donald Trump has been repeating falsehoods left and right. Here are some of the most popular ones.
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