President Donald J. Trump delivered a major
announcement just before the weekend about our two biggest trading
partners. “We’ve just reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico, and
we’ll be selling our product into those countries without the imposition
of tariffs or major tariffs,” the President said.
Watch: President Trump announces a new trade milestone
The United States has strong relationships with both Canada and Mexico, President Trump said—but that shouldn’t stop us from negotiating hard to protect American workers and jobs. Canada, for example, has been “charging us extremely high tariffs, as much as 285 percent or more, for our agricultural products, which is an absolute barrier,” he said.
In the past, American Presidents would turn the other cheek on bad trade deals to avoid confrontation or criticism from the mainstream press. But unlike his predecessors, President Trump is focused on results for our farmers and manufacturers—not on praise from the Beltway or global media. The same day he announced that Canada and Mexico would lift their retaliatory tariffs, the Administration also reported that it had successfully negotiated a deal to remove Japan’s longstanding restrictions on American beef exports.
All told, these agreements are great news for American farmers. They will continue to protect America’s crucial steel and aluminum industries, too.
Friday’s news coincided with a Proclamation from President Trump recognizing World Trade Week, 2019, in which he reflected on the trade principles he promised to the White House:
|“The American people see through Chairman Nadler’s desperate ploy to distract from the President’s historically successful agenda and our booming economy. Neither the White House nor Attorney General Barr will comply with Chairman Nadler’s unlawful and reckless demands . . . The American people deserve a Congress that is focused on solving real problems like the crisis at the border, high prescription drug prices, our country’s crumbling infrastructure, and so much more.”|
After decades of politicians putting the global
business class ahead of America’s industrial and agricultural heartland,
working families finally heard the voice of a President that was
willing to fight for them on January 20, 2017.
“From this moment on, it’s going to be America First,” President Trump said at his Inauguration. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”
America announces deal with Canada and Mexico to lift retaliatory tariffs.