Peter Navarro is considered to be the closest to President Trump when it comes to tariffs. He's the most hardline protectionist in the White House.
But as we revealed, Navarro used to preach the views of globalists, advocating for free trade and warning against the economic and national security risks of protectionism. We asked Navarro why he changed his tune so dramatically given the underlying economics haven't changed. He wrote lengthy responses to our questions and below we quote him in full.
At what point in your career as an economist did you change your view of tariffs and protectionism — and why?
At what point and why did you change your view on the impact of tariffs on consumers?
At what point and why did you change your view of effectiveness of the national security justification [for tariffs]?
At what point and why did you change your view on the effects of tariffs on jobs?
As trade tensions between the U.S. and foreign countries escalate with new rounds of tariffs and retaliations, Navarro also commented on the state of play: