How U.S.-China Trade Spat Could Threaten Manufacturing

Supported by Economy How U.S.-China Trade Spat Could Threaten Manufacturing Photo A Boeing 737 on the assembly line in Renton, Wash. Aircraft and their parts are the single largest American export to China, making Boeing a tempting target in a trade war. Credit Kevin P. Casey/Bloomberg In the escalating economic showdown between the United States and China, President Trump is trying to put American shoppers first. The administration did not place tariffs on necessities like shoes and clothes, and mostly spared smartphones from the 25 percent levy on Chinese goods announced this week.
But by shielding consumers, Mr. Trump has put American manufacturers — a group he has championed — in the cross hairs of a global trade war. If the measures stand, along with China’s retaliatory tariffs, they could snuff out a manufacturing recovery just beginning to gain steam.
“If you want to spare the consumer so you don’t get this massive backlash against your tariffs, then there goes manufacturin..