Disagree completely. Trump's grasp of economics is substantial (Wharton School) coupled with great experience as a deal maker.In this instance President Trump has demonstrated that his grasp of economics is poor. He has taken on bad advice and acted on it. He has hurt the very people who he claimed to want to be helping. Tariffs are a bad mistake which will have ramifications.
The announced tariffs are merely an opening ploy used during negotiations. And it's already working. Now our trading partners are in a rush to revisit NAFTA for which there was little interest or urgency previously. The threat of tariffs will bring a change in
foreign government subsidies and tariffs on our exported goods. No one will start a trade war; it would e economic suicide to enter a trade war with the US.
And...now the North Koreans would like to hold talks and negotiations. Surprise!!!
Deal making is a game Trump knows how to play.