Oh, and they’re also intermediate goods — inputs into other manufacturing — so we’re looking at downstream job losses 3/
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) March 1, 2018
In my humble opinion, this is the winning argument for free trade. Imports are, as often as not, inputs into other manufacturing. These intermediate goods, if you care about employment in domestic industries that need these products, should be sourced as competitively as possible. Enterprising reporters should note which local businesses make extensive use of these inputs and find out what they think.
The tariffs that POTUS wants to impose on steel and aluminum will make products made by Americans that make extensive use of steel and aluminum more expensive.