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.
Looking to avoid a repeat of the Alabama Senate race, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday it will get involved in Republican primaries, using its considerable influence and war chest to try to stop the surge of right-wing, anti-Washington candidates.
Chamber President Thomas J. Donohue said they’ve been pushed to take a more active role in order to counter right-wing rabble-rouser Steve Bannon and others who are trying to recruit nominees who will challenge establishment Republicans.
“We’re going to spend a whole lot of money when we have an unsafe seat and a candidate that we believe is more interested in disrupting the process than governing and fixing the process,” Mr. Donohue said, suggesting they would spend at least as much as the $29 million invested in 2016.
The Chamber of Commerce is not trying to fix the process. The Chamber of Commerce IS the process.