free trader


Definition of free trader

: one that practices or advocates free trade

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But for most of the country’s history, Americans have been anything but free traders beyond their own borders. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "The United States of Free Trade," 21 Sep. 2018 The practical link was obvious to protectionists and free traders alike as far back as the 1600s, says Douglas A. Irwin, an economist and trade historian at Dartmouth College. Greg Ip, WSJ, "U.S. Exporters Will Be a Surprise Loser From Tariff Fight," 9 July 2018 The last, best hope for free traders inside the Trump team, Mnuchin delivered a Panglossian performance Thursday over the course of three hours before the House Financial Services Committee. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Mnuchin is in denial about the pain Trump's tariffs are inducing," 13 July 2018 Corchado, a budding free trader, is optimistic that American democracy and rule of law will boost both countries. Jill Leovy,, "A personal perspective on Mexico's mass exodus to the United States," 2 July 2018 Reagan was also a free trader and foreign policy internationalist. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "No, Ronald Reagan would not have joined the #Resistance.," 4 June 2018 Even the most committed free traders admit protectionism does its damage slowly. Greg Ip, WSJ, "U.S. Turns From Uniter to Disrupter on Global Stage," 20 June 2018 Perhaps free traders in Congress will begin to find their voice again, as 107 House Republicans did this week in a letter to Mr. Trump opposing the metals tariffs. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Hoover Temptation," 8 Mar. 2018 Ryan was always an outspoken free trader and believer in the power of markets; Trump is a protectionist who has pursued tariffs and started a trade war. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Paul Ryan’s party is over," 12 Apr. 2018

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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