In a tweet, President Donald Trump wrote@realDonaldTrump June 24, 2018
The United States is insisting that all countries that have placed artificial Trade Barriers and Tariffs on goods going into their country, remove those Barriers & Tariffs or be met with more than Reciprocity by the U.S.A. Trade must be fair and no longer a one way street!
The tone is certainly threatening and the term “artificial” carries strong negative connotations.
Am I correct to assume that an artificial tariff is similar to manmade? If so, aren't all tariffs artificial? The tweet seems to accuse the barriers and tariffs of being unnecessary, and the POTUS demands that they be removed. But doesn't every country place tariffs on imports? Why are the ones imposed on American exports "artificial"? Are they "fake" and/or illegitimate?
Oxford Dictionaries provide the following definition of the term artificial
1. Made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally, especially as a copy of something natural.
1.1 (of a situation or concept) not existing naturally; contrived or false.
2. (of a person or their behaviour) insincere or affected.
Is the phrase “artificial trade barriers and tariffs” used in the world of foreign and domestic commerce? What does the word artificial refer to exactly?