Thanks to Trump, it appears that some of the Left have discovered economic reality and are defending trade and suddenly seem less unsettled by trade deficits. Here is Kevin Drum with one in a series trying to downplay panic over trade deficits, in this case with Mexico. Here are some of my recent thoughts on the trade deficit.
International trade is such an obvious benefit to the country that it is simply incredible that we are, hundreds of years after Adam Smith and Ricardo and Bastiat, still trying to explain and defend it against ignorance. It's like we have to constantly battle recurrences of the phlogiston theory of combustion.