"I don't typically defend him," remarked Al Gore during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Then Gore did something that rarely happens: in a public setting, he defended Trump's latest decision, specifically the one to impose tariffs on solar cells and modules.
"I will say in this case it did not start with him," remarked Gore, trying to soften his praise of Trump, according to the Daily Caller. "This was a trade action brought by private companies. They chose a kind of midpoint in the range of alternatives."
President Trump announced on Monday to impose a 30% tariff on imported cells and modules used to create solar panels. The industry opposed the move, but Trump felt it prudent to impose the tariff anyway. Although Gore doesn't necessarily love the decision, he doesn't think it's necessarily a bad thing.
"Could have been handled differently, should have been handled differently, but it's not an utter catastrophe," remarked Gore, once again trying to soften his support for Trump's latest decision.
According to the Washington Post, it is unusual that Al Gore didn't vehemently criticize Trump's latest policy, especially since most environmentalists and Democratic Party members have bemoaned what they perceive to be another attempt by Trump to restrict the development of renewable energy.
The Heritage Foundation, too, as well as many other conservative organizations, are criticizing Trump's latest tariff. They claim that Trump's latest tariff is akin to a tax increase, and it is also a form of government intervention into the free market on behalf of an American industry. Rather than using tax policy to favor one American industry at the expense of others, or at the expense of foreign industry, the government should play a "hands-off" approach to the economy and let the consumers decide what they should and shouldn't buy.
“Here at the Heritage Foundation,” the organization's Tori Whiting said on Tuesday, “we believe that trade policy, through specific cases or more generally, should not be about tipping the scale toward one American industry or interest group over another.”
The Washington Post reports that Trump's announcement this week also imposes a tax on certain solar equipment. A tax will also be placed on the first 1.2 million washing machines imported each year by 20%, which represents the "most significant protectionist action Trump has taken during his 12 months in office."
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