The following is a letter to the Wall Street Journal:
Edmund Miller argues that Dr Boudreaux misses the point of President Trump’s trade policy, that he is merely just using tariffs to get “free and fair” trade and zero tariffs. Ignoring the fact President Trump has explicitly denied this is his goal at all (see, for example, his comments here and here), Mr Miller rather misses the point of free trade.
Free trade is nothing more than this: the observed outcomes that occur when people are free to make their own decisions. Nothing more, nothing less. By using his authority as the head of the executive branch of the US government to punish certain people for behaving in certain ways, President Trump is explicitly against free trade. It may be “fair trade” (however we wish to define that), but it cannot be called free trade in the correct sense of the word.
PS: see also Don’s response here