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Helping Airlines Pull Out of a Virus Nosedive

John Fund, National Review

The Trump administration recognized changing patterns of trade and subsidies last year when it replaced the existing North American Free Trade Agreement. We should convince trading partners to level the playing field and make sure that we enforce existing agreements. The Trump administration should realize that once the COVID-19 virus has passed from the headlines, foreign governments will be under intense pressure to ramp up subsidies to their favored airline carriers. The way to stop such a subsidy race is for President Trump to make it very clear that, as far as the U.S. is concerned, it will insist on removing subsidies, not adding to them.