he Tariff Hoax Debunked One of the reasons so many economists and journalists claimed, without evidence, that the Trump administration’s tariffs would be passed on to consumers is that they assumed the purpose of tariffs was to raise domestic prices to boost the bottom lines of domestic manufacturers. But that was not the goal of the China tariffs at all. These were aimed at pressuring China to abandon its unfair and illegal trade practices. Metals tariffs did aim to boost the bottom line of U.S. steel and aluminum producers but this can be accomplished by squeezing margins of producers of intermediate products–margins that had been inflated by metals made artificially cheap by China dumping on the global market–without harming consumers. Time will tell if those who predicted higher consumer prices based on their assumptions will modify their views based on the data. https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2019/07/12/trump-tariff-ppi/ Lots of naysayers in the democrat party but Trumps tariffs have proven effective and as China figures out Biden won't win in 2020, I expect more progress. At the G20, China agreed to purchase more American agricultural products-lets see if they comply. Just the threat of tariffs is what prompted Mexico to secure its borders-the communist president even sold the Mexican air force one.