Would Trump's trade threats work? Many experts are skeptical

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has promised to shred America's trade deals and impose fines on imports from Mexico and China. He's gone so far as to swear off Oreos to protest Nabisco's transfer of cookie production from Chicago to Mexico. By attacking trade agreements, the Republican...

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              FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Promising to tear up trade deals and tax imports, Trump taps into voter fears of foreign competition long unaddressed by the political system. But analysts say his ideas are misguided. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has promised to shred America's trade deals and impose fines on imports from Mexico and China. He's gone so far as to swear off Oreos to protest Nabisco's transfer of cookie production from Chicago to Mexico.

By attacking trade agreements, the Republican presidential front-runner is channeling the belief — common among many of this year's angry voters — that foreign competition is robbing American jobs and shrinking wages.

His assault on trade deals seems to be winning politics. But Trump's analysis of how trade hurts American workers is flawed, and as president, he would struggle to deliver on his promises.

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