Conservative advocate says experts do 'poor job' educating Americans about trade

Conservative tax policy advocate Mattie Duppler says experts have done a poor job at explaining the ins and outs of free trade to the American people. 

"We have done a poor job of explaining what free trade is and why it's important," Duppler, a board member at the Center for a Free Economy, told Hill.TV's "Rising." "It's going to be a long road for us to get that back."

Duppler was responding to guest host Saagar Enjeti, who questioned whether a pro-free trade candidate would ever again emerge from the two-party system, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE publicly advocating for tariffs. 

"As a policy person, that is very distressing to me," Duppler said. 

Under Trump, the U.S. and other nations have traded a series of escalating tariffs in a trade war. Trump has said the tariffs will help protect American workers and force countries to renegotiate trade deals he says are unfair to the U.S.

This week, U.S. and Chinese negotiators met in their latest round of trade talks. Trump on Thursday said he was optimistic about reaching a new trade deal with China but said he would mull leaving some tariffs on Chinese goods in place, even with an agreement. 

“Without the tariffs, we wouldn’t be talking,” Trump told The New York Times. 

Progressive figures, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 Warren proposes new restrictions, taxes on lobbying MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersChamber of Commerce argues against Democratic proposals for financial transaction taxes Top Sanders adviser: 'He is a little bit angry' Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 MORE (I-Vt.), also oppose Trump's renegotiated trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

— Julia Manchester