Crash Course: Trade Policy with the Trade Guys

Crash Course: Trade Policy with the Trade Guys

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Former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Talks Trade

In this episode of The Trade Guys, host Andrew Schwartz talks to former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen was the most senior U.S. Representative from Florida in the 115th Congress, and the Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2011-2013. Schwartz and former Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen discuss the politics of trade and the prospects for bipartisan cooperation in the 116th Congress.

Six Months Later: An Evaluation

Six Months Later: An Evaluation

Any evaluation must look both at the policy and its implementation—regular readers of this column may remember the story of the grasshopper and the ant. If the latter is flawed, then the merits of the policy end up being little more than a footnote.

Fueling the Economy

In this episode, the Trade Guys welcome special guest Aaron Padilla, who is the senior advisor for international policy at the American Petroleum Institute (API). He leads API’s work to determine and represent the oil and natural gas industry’s public policy positions on key international issues, including cybersecurity, trade and global economic policy, and sustainability. API recently came out in support of the USMCA. The Trade Guys discuss how Aaron is seeing the administration’s trade policies play out on the ground.

No to the Village People, but Yes to ‘Bait-and-Switch’?

No to the Village People, but Yes to ‘Bait-and-Switch’?

The completion of USMCA negotiations, however, has allowed attention to turn to other trade issues. While talks with the European and Japan are looming, China is the topic _du jour_, especially in the wake of the vice president’s speech last week. And there, I think, we are witnessing the unfolding of a time-tested tactic—"bait-and-switch”—promising one thing and delivering something else, usually of lesser value.

Doing the USMCA

The Trade Guys unpack the deal to replace NAFTA: the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. What's in it, what does it say about the Trump administration's trade policy, and what's next for the new deal. 



It is somewhat comforting to see that one of the worst things you can say about U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is that the new trade agreement replaces a term that everyone knows and can say with an unpronounceable acronym. How do you say USMCA? Even NAFTA 2.0 would sound better. Hard to pronounce though it may be, if that’s the worst one can say about the agreement, then the business communities in all three countries dodged a serious bullet.

Trade Guys Q&A

In this episode, the Trade Guys answer some of the top questions submitted by our listeners. What’s the timeline on auto tariffs? Why protect our farmers from foreign tariffs? The Trade Guys answer all this and more.

Back from the Road: The Politics of Trade

The Trade Guys close out their September recording tour at home with a live audience of  Customs and International Trade Bar Association lawyers and the public. The guys began with a conversation on the politics of trade ahead of the midterm elections. They also discussed China, NAFTA…and memes.

Reframing the Trade Debate

Reframing the Trade Debate

There is no question that the president has reframed the debate on trade in the United States. As I have said many times, after 30 years below the fold in the business section (for you, millennials, that’s a reference to old-fashioned newspapers), trade is now on the front page every day. As it turns out, that has had both good and bad consequences.

Trade Guys on the Road: University of Maryland Edition

The Trade Guys continue their recording tour; this time at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. They are joined by a special guest, Rick Powers, the Port of Baltimore's director of marketing. The guys and Rick discuss updates on NAFTA, the tit-for-tat with China, and roll-on/roll-off (a.k.a. RoRo) shipping's relationship with tariffs.

Aren’t We All Free Traders?

Aren’t We All Free Traders?

Most politicians say they are free traders, but disagree over how to achieve free trade. The president's actions and statements have called into question whether he is indeed a free trader, and whether his method of making trade freer will pay off.

NAFTA: Milking It for All It’s Worth

NAFTA: Milking It for All It’s Worth

President Trump has made it a priority to pry open Canada’s managed dairy market in order to boost U.S. exports of milk, eggs, butter, cheese, and other products north across the border. In response, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to protect the Canadian dairy industry.

Hafta Talk NAFTA

The Trade Guys talk Trump’s new NAFTA deal with Mexico. The Trump administration celebrates the U.S.-Mexico deal this week, which updates provisions on automobiles moving across the border, intellectual property, agriculture and labor.

The Cost of Leaving Canada Behind

The Cost of Leaving Canada Behind

The Trump administration announced that it had reached a bilateral trade agreement in principle Mexico and pledged to move forward with it regardless of whether Canada joins, potentially upending commercial relations with its top trading partner. What would a trade deal without Canada look like by the numbers?

NAFTA or  U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement?

NAFTA or U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement?

What’s in the U.S.-Mexico agreement and what issues still have to be worked out between the three countries? Is the U.S. headed for a breakup with its northern neighbor or a closer relationship?

Only as Good as the Next Tweet

The Trade Guys welcome another special guest, Cody Lusk, who is the president and CEO of the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA).

Talking Turkey and the Economy

The Trade Guys talk about the U.S.-Turkey diplomatic spat that has spilled into the realm of trade.

China Strikes Back

The U.S.-China trade war doesn’t let up. The Trade Guys tackle how the latest tranche of tariffs are affecting American businesses and Congress.

Hearing from the Heartland

Blake Hurst is a third-generation farmer and the president of the Missouri Farm Bureau. He joins the Trade Guys in the studio to offer insight on how the trade war is affecting farmers, other producers in the community, and the politics on the ground.

I Smell a Trade War

The Trade Guys, Bill Reinsch and Scott Miller, take on the Trump administration’s announcement that it will impose tariffs on $50 billion of goods from China, raising the potential for a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

Trade War on Hold and a Skinny NAFTA

The Trade Guys, Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch tackle two big stories: what came out of the latest U.S.-China trade talks, and what’s happening with the North American Free Trade Agreement.