The repercussions of tariffs can be significant. Consider if just one country, China, responds to American tariffs with their own tariff on, for example, American produce, such as corn or wheat. According to Forbes, 2.2 million American farmers would be hurt. In a second example, China may respond by deciding to purchase airplanes from Airbus in Europe instead of Boeing in Seattle. Boeing, alone, has about 141,000 employees compared to 150,000 American steel workers. Multiply the effects on Boeing by thousands of American businesses impacted by a trade war just with China. Now multiply those effects beyond China to the rest of the world where, according to economist Kimberly Amadeo, $2.3 trillion in American products are exported each year.