Cicilline Statement on Trump’s Executive Orders on Trade

Friday, March 31, 2017

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who introduced the bipartisan Make it in America Manufacturing Communities Act yesterday to revitalize Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry, issued the following statement today on President Trump’s new executive orders on trade:

“President Trump promised hardworking Americans that he would deliver results. But ten weeks into his presidency, we’ve seen a lot of talk and no action on fair trade.”

“The President promised to label China a currency manipulator on Day One. He hasn’t. The President promised to use American steel for pipelines. He hasn’t. The President promised to make NAFTA work for American workers. But a leaked letter from the White House shows he’s already looking to implement the same failed policies that are good for corporate America and bad for workers.”

“The executive orders President Trump signed today fail to address the real challenges facing hardworking Rhode Islanders. Let’s be clear - we don’t need another report on trade policy, we need concrete action that creates jobs, honors hard work with good wages, and grows our economy. We need to end incentives that encourage corporations to ship jobs overseas and raise the federal minimum wage. And while we should collect unpaid penalties, that’s only going to happen if the President takes real action to clamp down on cheating, end job-killing trade deals, and create new standards that benefit working Americans.”

“It already seems that President Trump’s campaign promises to get tough on trade were all bark and no bite.” 

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