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Trade’s T-Shirt Trifecta: A Path For Progress For Trump In Central America, China And Congress

President Trump can use trade to help slow the influx of Central Americans seeking refuge in this country, ease border tensions with Mexico in the hopes of getting the new NAFTA moving again in Congress, and at least ding China’s import juggernaut.

Call it a trade trifecta.

It could start with T-shirts.

Clearly, the border issue is of paramount importance to the president.

In little more than a week, Trump has requested the resignation of his Department of Homeland Security chief, Kirstjen Nielson; withdrawn his own nominee for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Ron Vitiello; threatened to cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador; and visited Calexico, a relatively remote California outpost where border fencing is being replaced and whose identity is so enmeshed with Mexico that its name is a rather unusual mash-up.

In addition, this strategy could also include sweaters. And bras. Maybe even suits and slacks, skirts and blouses.

Let’s start with T-shirts, sweaters and bras.

All three are manufactured in Central America, China and, depending on the item, the Caribbean and other Asian nations.

Of course, supply chains are not simple, nor are they simple to uproot, as we have witnessed from complaints in the automotive industry to Trump’s threats on vehicle and part tariffs.

 

This article originally appeared on Forbes

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