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domingo, 4 de febrero de 2018

Despite the AGONY of the Left, Trump Keeps His Promise of “America First”

Throughout his campaign for the White House, then-candidate Donald Trump spoke passionately and often about how unfair American workers have been treated for decades, and vowed to fix that, as part of his “America First” agenda that resonated so strongly with voters.

Now, after one highly successful first year in office, President Trump’s “pro-business” policies and determination to get better, more fair deals for the U.S. workforce have paid off, and the results are remarkable.

In just one year, despite the constant agony and obstruction from the left, the badly-damaged economy is booming, the Stock Market is setting repeated record numbers, millions of new jobs have been created, and Americans are bringing more home –and keeping it, thanks to President Trump’s tax reform.

On Saturday, the White House released an official statement, in which it outlined some of the victories President Trump and his administration have won, on behalf of the American workforce, during his time in office.

“America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs, and our Nation’s wealth,” said President Trump.

The president and his administration have built up some amazing momentum during 2017, following impressive accomplishments and “America First” successes, and have carried it into the new year, promising that 2018 will be even better for the American people.

From WhiteHouse

STANDING UP FOR AMERICAN INTERESTS: President Donald J. Trump is standing up for American interests and protecting American economic and national security by taking tough enforcement action against countries that break the rules.

  • In August 2017, the Administration initiated an investigation into Chinese practices related to forced technology transfer, unfair licensing, and intellectual property (IP) policies and practices.
    • These practices by the Chinese are estimated to cost the United States billions of dollars each year.
    • Conducted by the USTR, this is the first Section 301 probe since 1997, fulfilling the President’s campaign pledge to use all tools available under U.S. law to combat unfair trade.
  • In January 2018, the President announced his decision to provide safeguard relief to U.S. manufacturers injured by surging imports of washing machines and solar products.
    • The President’s decision was based on a series of recommendations made by the independent and bipartisan International Trade Commission (ITC).
    • This is the first time Section 201 of the Trade Act has been used to impose tariffs in 16 years.
    • These actions respond to unfair trade practices by China and other countries, including attempts to avoid legally imposed antidumping and countervailing duties.
    • Following the decision, Whirlpool announced 200 new jobs in Ohio.
    • The President’s decision will ensure that Samsung and LG follow through on their commitments to produce washing machines in South Carolina and Tennessee, creating more jobs for American workers.
  • During 2017, the Trump Administration conducted 82 major antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, a 58 percent increase over 2016.
    • This includes the first self-initiation of an antidumping investigation in 25 years.
    • Many of these investigations resulted in import duties to address dumping and subsidies, including one in response to Canada’s unfair trade in softwood lumber.
    • USTR and Commerce are working together to defend the right of the United States to continue treating China as a non-market economy in antidumping investigations until it makes the reforms it agreed to when it joined the WTO.
  • The Trump Administration has successfully litigated numerous WTO disputes, helping force countries to abandon unfair practices and preserving the U.S. right to enact fair laws.
    • In November 2017, the United States won a dispute on Indonesia’s unfair import licensing regime that was blocking the export of U.S. agricultural goods.
    • In October 2017, the WTO determined that the U.S. tuna labeling rules were consistent with WTO standards, helping the United States to inform consumers about safe fishing practices.
    • In September 2017, the WTO rejected the EU’s allegations that Boeing was receiving prohibited subsidies.
    • For only the fourth time in the history of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a government committee that reviews foreign investments for national security purposes, President Trump blocked a transaction when he determined that the foreign investment under review would undermine U.S. national security interests.

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