Who Is Peter Navarro? He Said There's a 'Special Place in Hell' for Trudeau - 2018-06-11
He has long branded China as an economic enemy and accused it of effectively waging an economic war on the United States by subsidizing exports and impeding American imports. To flip the dynamic, Mr. Navarro has advocated the type of aggressive trade policy toward China that Mr. Trump is now pursuing, including stiff tariffs on as much as $150 billion worth of Chinese goods and as investment restrictions.
Mr. Navarro has long accused China of flooding the United States with cheap metals and was one of the only advisers pressing Mr. Trump to proceed with sweeping steel and aluminum tariffs on all countries. Mr. Navarro — and Mr. Trump — say the measure will ultimately pinch China, which they accuse of routing steel and aluminum through other countries to avoid restrictions that are already in place on Chinese metals.
Mr. Navarro also helped orchestrate an investigation into China's abuse of American intellectual property, which resulted in the United States threatening to impose tariffs on everything from medical devices to flat-screen televisions. "What the United States is doing is strategically defending itself from China's economic aggression," Mr. Navarro said when the measures were announced in March.