Republican pollster: Americans were uncomfortable with pre-Trump trade practices

A large number of Americans are uncomfortable with pre-Trump administration trade policies and believe that the U.S. is “giving more than we’re getting,” according to Republican pollster Conor Maguire.

The pollster says the American people understand the tough nature of President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE's trade negotiations with other countries and they are willing to give the president a pass for his trade tensions with other countries.



Trump has levied steep tariffs on key U.S. allies, including the European Union, Canada and Mexico, citing unfair trade practices and national security issues as the need for the hikes.

Trump ran a campaign promising to renegotiate various U.S. trade deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 

“So when you take a look at Trump and his style and negotiations in general, people understand that negotiating is a tough business," Magure told Hill TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

“There’s some expectation that it’s going to be a tough fight, and I think that the American people, especially with the economy doing so well, the American give the president a little bit of a pass on this," he said.

A CBS News poll from December of 2016, the month before Trump took office, found that 48 percent of Americans said they thought U.S. trade practices with other countries lost more jobs for the U.S. overall.

— Julia Manchester