President Trump Monday assailed the citadel of establishment Washington, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, criticizing its opposition to his advocacy of tariffs as a policy tool.
“We lose a fortune with virtually every country. They take advantage of us in every way possible and the U.S. Chamber is right there with them,” Trump told CNBC. “I assume — I am a member with the U.S. Chamber. Maybe I’ll have to rethink that. Because, when you look at it, the chamber is probably more for the companies and the people that are members than the country.”
This is exactly why Trump was elected president. It was to look at things other than businesses’ bottom line, and to stop the offshoring of jobs and companies and the hunger for cheap labor — whether overseas through offshoring or in the United States via unlimited immigration.
The Chamber’s view is short term. Trump’s is about preserving U.S. jobs and the culture. Washington still doesn’t get that.