The president’s periodic assertion that he is the only real free trader around, buoyed by his proposal at the G7 Summit for a trade deal with no tariffs, no non-tariff barriers, and no subsidies, reminded me of my experience some years ago on Capitol Hill. Working for a senator (John Heinz, R-PA) who occasionally said the same thing—without claiming to be the only one saying it—I frequently found myself giving talks where I would assert that there were no protectionists in the Senate. Everyone was a free trader, I would say, but there was disagreement over how you get to free trade.

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