Fact-Check: Yes, Our Trade Deficit for Goods Is Nearly $800 Billion

Japan swung back to a trade deficit in January as exports to China plunged, official data shows
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During the second presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump said that America’s trade deficit in goods was nearly $800 billion last year.

Fact-Check: TRUE

The actual trade deficit in goods for 2015 was $763 billion, so Trump’s statement is essentially correct. The overall trade deficit, including both goods and services, was lower at $500 billion. Trump has generally focused more on the deficit in goods, and the difficulty it represents for America’s manufacturing sector.

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