US Chamber of Commerce

Updated at 8:15 a.m. ET

As the day dawned across the U.S. on Friday, a new economic reality dawned with it: The tariffs long threatened against billions of dollars in Chinese goods took effect just at midnight ET while many Americans were sleeping — but Beijing was ready immediately with a wake-up call of its own.

WBFO file photo

Trade is good for the United States and its workers. That was the message delivered Thursday night to the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara.