Last year U.S. manufacturers — including forgers — were effectively split about the new turn in domestic trade policy, which seemed to start by aggressively challenging all foreign-made products, but eventually (through negotiation and some moderation) was revealed to be a restructuring of multilateral trade principles and a reassertion of bilateral arrangements. Even this does not stand out as a new policy, because the U.S. maintains participation in multilateral arrangements, like NAFTA
You and Me Against the World
Customers — buyers of manufactured materials and goods, but also individual consumers … us — are being negotiated: Will we gain greater access, or will we lose more autonomy? More important, will the negotiators see us as products to be evaluated? Or as assets to be protected.