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International relations

Trump's bid to punish China hamstrung by reelection risks

Any new tariffs over coronavirus likely to hurt American farmers

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters from the South Lawn of the White House on May 5.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. administration has stepped up consideration of economic measures against China, holding it accountable for failing to prevent the global spread of the new coronavirus.   

But while multiple options are on the table, including lawsuits seeking damages, President Donald Trump's options become limited when factoring in risks to his reelection bid.

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