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At APEC, Trump sticks to his populist trade message

From his remarks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference in Vietnam:

When the United States enters into a trading relationship with other countries or other peoples, we will, from now on, expect that our partners will faithfully follow the rules just like we do. We expect that markets will be open to an equal degree on both sides, and that private industry, not government planners, will direct investment.

Unfortunately, for too long and in too many places, the opposite has happened. For many years, the United States systematically opened our economy with few conditions. We lowered or ended tariffs, reduced trade barriers, and allowed foreign goods to flow freely into our country . . .

From this day forward, we will compete on a fair and equal basis. We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore. I am always going to put America first the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first. (Applause.)

The United States is prepared to work with each of the leaders in this room today to achieve mutually beneficial commerce that is in the interest of both your countries and mine. That is the message I am here to deliver.

I will make bilateral trade agreements with any Indo-Pacific nation that wants to be our partner and that will abide by the principles of fair and reciprocal trade. What we will no longer do is enter into large agreements that tie our hands, surrender our sovereignty, and make meaningful enforcement practically impossible.

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5 Responses to At APEC, Trump sticks to his populist trade message

  1. It’s a doggone shame that our POTUS has to even say these things to anyone.
    Why shouldn’t the US be treated fairly in international trade and why is it such a thing that he might be criticized for even mentioning it.
    Fair’s fair, only if everyone agrees.
    Good for him.
    MAGA, one day at a time.

    • Ed Klein has a new book out–“All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump”– (Larry Kudlow interviewed him this morning) which describes how much the Republican and Democrat elites hate Trump, how they are trying to destroy him because they view him as an outsider, how George Soros is coordinating efforts to destroy Trump, how political insiders of both parties are having meetings developing plans to destroy Trump.

      The political and media insiders will never, ever forgive Trump for winning the Presidency.

  2. President Trump’s speech was reminiscent of the aviator Charles Lindbergh ‘s point of view (America 1st)- one would hope that Mr. Trump’s family will not have to pay the price that the Lindbergh’s were made to suffer…