In the past several weeks, we have seen attempts to politicize the coronavirus, as well as hackneyed efforts to revive long-discredited arguments in favor of globalization. A good example of both is “Trump’s Tariffs Leave the U.S. Short on Vital Medical Supplies” (op-ed, March 19), which tries to pin some blame for the current crisis on the administration’s Section 301 tariffs on China. I’ll leave the broader philosophical debate for another day. But readers should not be misled about the facts.

First, the administration…


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