An Open Letter to President Trump

2 March 2018

Mr. Donald Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC  20500

Mr. Trump:

Late last year, your administration proposed a massive tariff on airplanes manufactured outside of the US.  Your administration said these tariffs were necessary to level the playing field for Boeing.

However, you’ve now proposed a tariff on aluminum, a major component in airplane manufacturing, and our allies are threatening a trade war with us, which would increase the costs of other components necessary for airplane manufacturing.  The tariff and the trade war, which you’ve said is “good” have necessarily put Boeing at a disadvantage compared to foreign airplane manufacturers.

I wonder how you reconcile your administration’s actions in October and the actions now given they work at contradictory ends?


Jon Murphy
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA