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Why did no US politician start the trade war with China (or possibly the Globe) a decade earlier if it is a good thing to do?

I am asking for a list of reasons for why not.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it appears to be a question about the motivations of politicians, which is out of scope for this site. $\endgroup$ – dismalscience Jul 8 at 2:19
  • $\begingroup$ Who said it's a good thing to do? $\endgroup$ – TheSaint321 Jul 11 at 23:42
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Since USA politicians serve shorter terms they have to be concerned with short term popularity. A trade war could damage possibility of reelection if it takes too long and/or if it damages the USA economy.

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