National Post (Latest Edition)
The new tariffs target dishwashers, fridges, lawn mowers, washing machines and water heaters, many of which come from electoral swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that depend heavily on manufacturing. All three states featured on a U.S. Chamber of Commerce list of the 12 states that would be hardest hit if the U.S. were to withdraw from NAFTA. Trump took all three states in 2016, winning Wisconsin by fewer than 25,000 votes. Tariffs on dishwasher detergents, soaps and skin creams also seem to be directed primarily at Ohio, as does a tariff on “candles, tapers and the like not including those for birthdays, Christmas or other festive occasions.” Canada imported nearly $40 million worth of candles from Ohio in 2017.