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Trump trashes GOP trade agenda
The presumptive Republican nominee’s speech, a play for blue-collar support, isn’t sitting well with party elites.
Donald Trump doubled down on economic populism and protectionism in a speech Tuesday, effectively taking conservative orthodoxy on free trade and tossing it onto the trash pile rising behind him.
Promising to tear up existing trade deals — from the Bill Clinton-era North American Free Trade Agreement to the recently negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership — and to punish China and other countries that he argued are dealing unfairly with the U.S., the presumptive GOP presidential nominee called for a new era of American economic independence.
Cloaking himself in the anti-globalist garb of British Brexit voters and rising nationalist movements beyond the U.S., Trump blasted Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, for selling out American workers to “global elites” by supporting free trade.
“This wave of globalization has wiped out totally, totally our middle class,” said Trump, standing in front of stacks of compressed metal on the floor of Alumisource, a plant south of Pittsburgh that provides aluminum scrap and other raw materials to the aluminum and steel industries. „It doesn’t have to be this way. We can turn it around and we can turn it around fast.”
In a rare deviation from his prepared remarks, Trump urged voters to reject Clinton’s “policy of fear and her policy of absolute nonsense because it’s not working and it’s grossly incompetent and we can’t take it any longer, and we’re not going to take it any longer.”
But in running to Clinton’s left on trade as part of a pitch to disaffected blue-collar workers in America’s Rust Belt, Trump managed to further alienate mainstream conservatives.
“This speech flies in the face of what Republicans believe about markets and the economy and free trade,” said Tony Fratto, a Republican consultant and former assistant Treasury secretary. “I think it’s going to be much harder for him to consolidate support among Republicans after this speech.
“Richard Trumka could have given that speech,” he continued, referencing the president of the AFL-CIO, the country’s biggest organized labor group.
Amazingly enough, Trump’s speech brought Big Labor and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce together in their opposition to it, with both organizations blasting Trump on Twitter.
“Under Trump’s trade plans, we would see higher prices, fewer jobs and a weaker economy,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce tweeted from its official account, starting a storm of tweets torching Trump during his speech, each of which linked to a page on the organization’s website with the headline: “Trump’s Trade Policies Would Make America Recession-Bound Again.”
Trump, in so emphatically planting this policy flag on trade in the heart of the country’s old industrial core, appears to be laying bare a political calculation: that he believes the older, white voters likely to be receptive to his message are more critical to his White House bid than the class of Republican donors he’s attempting to engage.
“If you run a business, how can you support a candidate who is explicitly saying he’s going to tank international trade? This would be disastrous for many of their companies, not to mention our economy,” said Tim Miller, a GOP operative who served as a spokesman for Jeb Bush and an anti-Trump super PAC during the GOP primary.
“Take that speech and hand it to any of the big Republican donors and ask them if they can live with that, and they can’t,” Fratto said. “They couldn’t even mouth the words out loud. He’s actually making Hillary Clinton a more palatable alternative for a lot of Republicans.”
But Trump’s promise to restore manufacturing jobs, in part, by increasing tariffs on goods produced by companies moving jobs overseas, is likely to register with those white, working-class voters who powered his primary campaign.
Asserting that China, not yet part of TPP, would enter the agreement “through the backdoor at a later date,” Trump promised to “appoint the toughest and smartest — and I know them all — trade negotiators to fight on behalf of American workers.”
He also called for the U.S. to declare its economic independence again. But to do that, he said, requires a reversal of “two of the worst legacies of the Clinton years”: NAFTA and China’s entry into the World Trade Organization.
He ticked through the economic impact of both policies, calling the former “the worst trade deal in history” and crediting the latter for “the greatest jobs theft in history.”
And he hammered the former secretary of state for not only praising the TPP — which Trump cast as “the greatest danger yet” — but calling it the “gold standard,” a point the Republican National Committee has also seized on, attacking Clinton for backtracking on her support of the deal after she launched her presidential campaign.
Clinton’s primary challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has railed against the TPP and other trade deals. As secretary of state, Clinton advocated for the TPP dozens of times but maintained that she never worked on the deal directly. Last fall, however, Clinton announced during an interview with PBS’ Judy Woodruff that she opposed TPP, noting that she didn’t believe it would meet the high bar she set for it.
“The TPP, as it’s known, would be the death blow for American manufacturing,” Trump said, adding that the deal would undermine America’s economy and independence.
Trump argued that the TPP would create an international commission that would be influenced by Wall Street donors.
“It should be no surprise then that Hillary Clinton, according to Bloomberg, took a ‘leading part in drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership.’ Please remember that, especially in November,” Trump said. “She praised or pushed the TPP on 45 separate occasions, and even called it the ‘gold standard.’”
“Hillary Clinton was totally for the TPP just a short while ago, but when she saw my stance, which is totally against, she was shamed into saying she would be against it, too,” Trump continued, while boasting that he also shamed Clinton into saying “radical Islamism.”
“But have no doubt that she will immediately approve it if it’s put before her. That is guaranteed. Guaranteed. She will do this just as she’s betrayed American workers for Wall Street and throughout — throughout her career.”
Beyond attacking Clinton, Trump laid out several proposed trade initiatives of his own. His prepared remarks included footnotes and further citations to make his case, and his usual bombast was replaced with footnotes citing news organizations — some of which his campaign has banned from its events, including POLITICO and The Washington Post — and specific sections of trade acts, including the Trade Act of 1974 and the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.
Trump said he would order the Commerce secretary to identify trade violations foreign countries are using to harm American workers and direct agencies to use all legal tactics to end such practices, as well as renegotiate the terms of NAFTA “to get a better deal — by a lot, not just a little, by a lot — for our workers.”
“And if they don’t agree to a renegotiation, which they might not because they’re so used to having their own way — not with Trump, they won’t have their own way — then I will submit under Article 2205 of the NAFTA agreement that America intends to withdraw from the deal.”
The real estate mogul would tell the Treasury secretary to “label China a currency manipulator” and vow that any nation that devalues their currency “to take unfair advantage of the United States — which is many countries — will be met with sharply, and that includes tariffs and taxes.”
The billionaire also said that he would tell the U.S. trade representative to bring cases against China — both in America and with the WTO. The U.S. and China have a complex, sometimes tense relationship, and past U.S. presidents have tread lightly around imposing retaliatory tariffs against China because of the two nations’ economic co-dependence. Trump, however, once suggested placing a 45 percent tariff on imported Chinese goods.
“China’s unfair subsidy behavior is prohibited by the terms of its entrance to the WTO, and I intend to enforce those rules and regulations, and basically I intend to enforce the agreements for all countries, including China,” Trump said.
But if China doesn’t halt its “illegal activities” — which Trump noted includes theft of American trade secrets — he said, while emphasizing that he loves saying this, “I will use every lawful presidential power to remedy trade disputes, including the application of tariffs.”
Trump also targeted globalization, blaming politicians for “aggressively pursuing” a policy that cost Americans jobs and benefited the financial elite while leaving millions of workers “with nothing but poverty and heartache.”
“Our politicians took away from the people their means of making a living and supporting their families,” Trump said, while faulting globalization for wiping out the middle class.
But it doesn’t have to be this way, Trump said.
“We can turn it all around — and we can turn it around fast,” he said. “But if we’re going to deliver real change, we’re going to have to reject the campaign of fear and intimidation being pursued by powerful corporations, media elites and political dynasties. The people who rigged the system for their benefit will do anything — and say anything — to keep things exactly as they are.”
Those same people, Trump continued, are backing Clinton “because they know as long as she is in charge nothing’s going to change.” Inner cities will remain poor, factories will stay closed, borders will continue to be left open and special interests will maintain their control, Trump said.
“Hillary Clinton and her friends in global finance want to scare America into thinking small — and they want to scare the American people out of voting for a better future,” Trump said. “My campaign has the opposite message.”
Trump again boasted that he was right about the Brexit vote. The United Kingdom on Friday voted to leave the European Union, but Trump will say Britons voted to “take back control of their economy, politics and borders.”
“I was on the right side of that issue, as you know — with the people — I was there. I said it was going to happen. I felt it,” Trump said. “While Hillary, as always, stood with the elites, and both she and President Obama predicted that one — and many others — totally wrong. “ Now it’s time for the American people to take back their future. We’re gonna take it back. That’s the choice we face. We can either give in to Hillary Clinton’s campaign of fear or we can choose to believe again in America.”
Donald Trump targets globalization and free trade as job-killers
MONESSEN, Pa. — While attacking Hillary Clinton and other career politicians, Donald Trump took aim Tuesday at two other prominent election targets: globalization and free trade.
„Globalization has made the financial elite who donate to politicians very, very wealthy … but it has left millions of our workers with nothing but poverty and heartache,” Trump told supporters during a prepared speech targeting free trade in a nearly-shuttered former steel town in Pennsylvania.
In a speech devoted to what he called „How To Make America Wealthy Again,” Trump offered a series of familiar plans designed to deal with what he called „failed trade policies” — including rejection of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) with Pacific Rim nations and re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico, withdrawing from it if necessary.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee also said he would pursue bilateral trade agreements rather than multi-national deals like TPP and NAFTA.
In addition to appointing better trade negotiators and stepping up punishment of countries that violate trade rules, Trump’s plans would also target one specific economic competitor: China. He vowed to label China a currency manipulator, bring it before the World Trade Organization and consider slapping tariffs on Chinese imports coming into the U.S.
Clinton and other politicians, meanwhile, „watched on the sidelines as our jobs vanished and our communities were plunged into depression-level unemployment,” Trump said in a dusty old aluminum plant in Monessen, part of what was once known as „The Steel Valley” along the Monongahela River.
Echoing his mantra of „America First,” Trump vowed to use only American steel — and aluminum — on U.S. road, bridge, and construction projects, employing only American workers.
Trump attacked both Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, for past support of trade deals, including TPP. He also hit them over China’s admission to the World Trade Organization.
Hillary Clinton says she now opposes the Pacific Rim trade agreement and other „bad trade deals” that are hurting U.S. workers. Pledging to appoint a „trade prosecutor” during a speech in Ohio this week, Clinton vowed to go after „unfair trade practices like when China dumps cheap steel in our markets or uses weak rules of origin to undercut our car makers.”
A prominent Clinton supporter — Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio — called Trump a hypocrite, saying he has benefited from trade deals that have helped him sponsor clothing lines made in other countries. While Clinton has offered a “detailed plan to boost American manufacturing,” Brown said Trump has „high-priced accountants” who are „cashing checks from products that he’s had manufactured in other countries.”
During his speech in a warehouse stacked with pallets of aluminum parts, Trump said Clinton came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership only „when she saw my stance,” and predicted that she would still sign the trade pact if elected to office.
„Her whole career, she has betrayed the American worker,” Trump said.
Trump also pushed the trade issue at a rally Tuesday evening in St. Clairsville, Ohio, near the coal-rich West Virginia state line.
Speaking to fans at the Ohio University Eastern Campus, Trump said China and other countries are taking advantage of the United States. „They’re just not treating us right, folks,” he said.
Trump also described the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal as „a rape of our country” by special interests.
Trade and other global issues are resonating in blue-collar areas of Pennsylvania and Michigan, states that have gone Democratic in six straight presidential elections, as well as Ohio, generally considered a must-win for any Republican candidate.
Trump „talks about the economy only in the language of globalization,” said Daniel W. Drezner, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. „It’s globalization that’s wrecking the American economy, and that’s how I’m going to fix it,” he said of Trump’s rhetoric.
Drezner added: „It’s a question as to whether people will actually vote on that.”
In western Pennsylvania, people have „endured incredible economic hardship” as manufacturing jobs move overseas, said Joseph DiSarro, who chairs the political science department at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. Trump’s message is well-received there, DiSarro said, adding that „globalization has really brought on unfair competition to the American worker” as businesses move jobs to low-wage, low-regulated countries.
In addition to the impact of globalization on trade, Trump has also criticized aspects of multi-lateral alliances like NATO and has said that European and Asian nations are not paying enough for U.S. defense assistance.
Analysts said that Trump tends to ignore the benefits of a globalized economy, including easier and increased movement of goods and services across borders that leads to greater selection and cheaper prices for consumers. The loss of manufacturing and industrial jobs owe more to automation — machines — than trade, Drezner said.
International alliances, meanwhile, have helped keep the peace.
Clinton has said that other countries would retaliate against Trump’s plans, leading to higher taxes and prices for U.S. consumers: “There’s a difference between getting tough on trade, and recklessly starting trade wars. The last time we opted for Trump-style isolationism, it made the Great Depression longer and more painful.”
Trump aides say last week’s vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is another sign that people across the world are rebelling against globalization.
Trump’s speech in Pennsylvania found a receptive audience among many of the invited guests, many of them local Republicans.
„I think we should not allow our companies to manufacture overseas,” said Carol Jacobelli, 75, a retired tax accountant from Trafford, Pa. „I hope Trump can find ways to stop it.”
Emily Zboyovsky, 76, a retired real estate broker and lifelong resident of Monessen, said free trade is only one problem. Ineffective politicians and bad policies have also helped shutter steel towns, she said, adding that she likes Trump „because he’s not obligated to anybody.”
Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who also attended the speech, predicted „a lot of Democrats” in depressed areas of Pennsylvania and beyond will respond to Trump’s message, both about trade and Clinton.
„She is a globalist,” he said.
Kevin Hassett, director of research for domestic policy with the American Enterprise Institute, said the problem is not globalization so much as some of the people who support globalization — namely, government officials and bureaucrats like those in the United States and the European Union. „The academic elite who think they know better,” Hassett called them.
Among Trump supporters and others, Hassett said, „there is a view that people are losing control of their government.”