Expect the controversy over how much trade contributes to America's economic growth to be ramped up as growth slows. In many ways, trade should be seen as a way to increase access to a greater variety of goods at a better price but this only works over a long period of time if it is balanced.
The promise that increased trade will create new jobs has turned out to be largely a myth. Much of the "free trade" movement is driven by mega-companies desire for larger markets and greed. The article below questions the role of trade in our economy.