Peter Navarro: the economist shaping Trump's economic thinking - 2018-03-11
Donald Trump's threatened trade tariffs have claimed many victims: international trade, domestic steel consumers and Trump's dissenting economic adviser Gary Cohn. But so far there has been one big winner – Peter Navarro, director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy.
Navarro was a key architect of Trump's "America First" policy of economic nationalism and a tireless critic of China's economic policies – one of his books is decorated with a map of America being stabbed in the heart with a knife marked Made in China.
Although he has agitated for aggressively protectionist trade policy since joining the Trump campaign in 2016, the tariffs are his first key victory.