President Trump’s Trade Critics are Wrong — His Tariffs Could Bring Major Benefits to America
“President Trump has done what any president should do – he’s made it clear that America will not allow the unfair trade practices that have led to enormous trade deficits to continue,” Andy Puzder, former CEO of CKE Restaurants, writes in Fox News. “Changing times require changing policies. Just because America’s trade practices made sense decades ago does not mean these same trade practices make sense in the 21st century.”
The president’s critics accuse him of recklessly starting a trade war that will be bad for America and the global economy. They couldn’t be more wrong – and here’s why.
President Trump imposed 10 percent tariffs on aluminum imports and 25 percent tariffs on steel imports in June and has threatened to impose tariffs on autos and other products. In retaliation, Canada imposed $12.6 billion in tariffs on a broad range of U.S. products Sunday, joining other nations – including China, Mexico, and European countries – that have slapped retaliatory tariffs on goods imported from the U.S.
It’s understandable that our foreign trading partners are upset by President Trump’s trade actions – they had good deals going before he took office, with many racking up many billions of dollars in trade surpluses with the U.S. each year.
The better and fairer trade deals the president wants to negotiate are designed to level the playing field on trade. This will benefit the U.S. because the current playing field is distinctly tilted in favor of our trading partners.
Kellyanne Conway: ‘Arrogance and ignorance’ are behind calls to abolish ICE
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway
In the Washington Examiner, Pete Kasperowicz reports that White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway says we have a simple choice when it comes to liberal calls to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: “You’re either for… a sovereign nation that has a border, or you’re for open borders and a lot of the crime that comes with that.”
“The call for the abolition of ICE, in my view, is the intersection of arrogance and ignorance,” she said.
Some Democrats have called for an end to ICE in the wake of the separation of immigrant families at the border, which happened as the Trump administration sought to prosecute illegal immigrant adults.
But Conway said some Democrats have acknowledged terminating ICE is a bad idea.
“You’ve got smarter, I think, more senior Democrats like Sen. Blumenthal of Connecticut this week saying he doesn’t think that calling for the abolishing of ICE is a fruitful exercise, pushing back against folks like Kirsten Gillibrand, the senator from New York who not so long ago was a center-right member of Congress,” she said.
Conway also accused some Democrats of trying to use ICE as a 2020 campaign issue before the results of the 2018 midterm elections are known.
Border Patrol Agent: Trump’s wall is the best way to end to the humanitarian crisis on our southern border
“The closer President Trump’s wall comes to completion, the closer we get to end the humanitarian crisis caused by our porous southern border. The Democrats’ dream of open borders and their unrelenting opposition to securing our border hurts the people they claim to care about the most,” writes Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, in Fox News.
If Democrats and the media elite truly cared about the safety of illegal immigrants, they’d be down on the border right now working to build the wall President Trump wants America to have.
As a veteran Border Patrol agent, I know firsthand that a secure border with the big beautiful wall the president is building is the only humane and permanent solution to the crisis at the border.
Despite Democratic obstruction, President Trump is building the wall now, and he will play hardball with Congress to ensure that the necessary funding to complete the wall is secured. Without a completed wall, thousands of illegal immigrants will continue to put their lives at risk.
As long as people think they can cross the border illegally, they will continue to try. The journey is dangerous enough due to the natural conditions alone. Traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles on foot, often in extreme heat and without adequate water, is no easy trip for an adult – let alone for a child.
But those who try to cross our southern border illegally are subject to much worse than just the elements – they are at the mercy of brutal criminal gangs. The illegal immigrant smuggling trade is dominated by predatory “coyotes” connected to Mexico’s worst drug cartels. They care little for the lives of their human cargo. These are the sorts of people who don’t think twice before leaving illegal immigrants to die in locked trailers under the desert sun.
The coyotes’ control of human smuggling across the border results in routine violence, theft, and death, as well as the widespread rape of Central and South American women and girls.
Opinion: Trump’s leadership, not Congress, is helping kids at the border
former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
In The Detroit News, former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer writes that President Trump “has shown leadership and compassion while remaining resolute on enforcing the law at our border. Now that he has acted, Congress must follow his lead, stop the outrage and solve this problem with real action.”
Unlike most politicians, in the face of extreme pressure, President Donald Trump does not cave, buckle or capitulate. He leads.
While policy experts will tell you that we need legislation for a permanent fix to the problem of children who enter the county illegally separated from families at the border, Trump didn’t wait for Congress to act. He issued an executive order to protect kids. It’s not permanent, but it delivers a sound, near-term solution.
Trump is doing everything in his power to reunite families at the border, while continuing to enforce the law.“We are keeping families together,” he said. “This will solve that problem. At the same time, we are keeping a very powerful border and…we have zero tolerance for people who enter our country illegally.”
As the former governor of a border state, I appreciate the president’s dedication to keeping our citizens safe in the midst of a media firestorm.
Snapshot: Americans’ Views of Job Market Remain Upbeat
According to a new Gallup survey, “Americans continue to recognize a robust U.S. job market, with 65% saying that it is a good time to find a ‘quality job,’” Frank Newport reports. “These are the highest readings in Gallup’s 17-year history of tracking this measure of Americans’ views of the employment situation.”
Background: The U.S. unemployment rate edged down to 3.8% in May, the lowest in 18 years, with total nonfarm payroll jobs increasing by 223,000 last month. Separately, Gallup has been finding many fewer Americans mentioning aspects of the economy as the nation’s top problem than has been the case historically. A slight majority of Americans interviewed in a June 1-13 poll, 56%, say the economy is getting better, as high as that measure has been since 2004.
Optimism about the ability to find a quality job rose after Donald Trump took office and, with one exception, has been above 60% every month since September 2017. Views of the job market began to improve after reaching their all-time low of 8% in 2009 and again in 2011, after the Great Recession and amid the financial meltdown and high unemployment. The highest reading before the recession — since Gallup began tracking the measure in 2001 — was 48% in January 2007.
Views of the job market, like views of the economy in general, are tied to underlying partisanship. Eighty-five percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents now say it is a good time to find a quality job, contrasted with 50% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. During the Barack Obama years, Democrats were more optimistic about the job market than Republicans were — while during the George W. Bush years, Republicans were more positive than Democrats.
Americans are more optimistic about finding any job than they are about finding a “quality job.” This month’s survey contained an experiment in which half the sample was asked Gallup’s usual trend question about the climate for finding a “quality job,” while the other half was asked about it being a good time to find a “job” (removing the modifying word “quality”). Positive responses to the question asking about a “job” climb to 75%, compared with 65% for “quality job.”
Republicans, robustly positive about the job market and the economy under Trump, are equally positive about it being a good time to find a quality job (85%) or just a job (87%). Democrats, on the other hand, react significantly differently to the two versions, with 64% agreeing that it is a good time to find a job, compared with 50% who say it is a good time to find a quality job.
Takeaway: Americans remain quite positive about the job market in general, mirroring upbeat official government reports on employment. May and June measures on Gallup’s “quality job” trend remain higher than any month since 2001 — although even with this relatively positive outlook, about a third of Americans still say it is not a good time to find a quality job. Democrats appear to be more sensitive than Republicans to the distinction between finding a job in general and finding a quality job, being less sanguine about the latter, but in either instance Democrats remain less positive than Republicans about the job market.
Commentary: President Trump is bringing jobs back to St. Louis
Sen. John Loudon
“President Trump’s trade strategies will only continue to bring more jobs to the St. Louis metro area. The media mocked the president for saying he would bring jobs back to America, but it happened in Granite City and is happening across the country,” former Missouri State Sen. John Loudon writes in the St. Louis Business Journal.
Three years ago, hundreds of workers lost their jobs at U.S. Steel’s Granite City Works’ two blast furnaces. Then, in 2016, its hot strip mill was idled, and the plant with capacity for 2,000 workers eliminated most of those jobs, retaining only 100 employees.
Families were devastated, yet politicians in Washington had no answer for them other than to shrug and bemoan the inevitable globalization of once-proud and dominant American industries.
Then, Donald Trump became president. Unlike any president in decades, President Trump understands how other countries were rigging the international trade system against American workers. In order to level the playing field and stop the cheaters, the president has recently approved numerous tariffs on foreign steel from China, Mexico, Canada and the E.U.
Sen. Claire McCaskill
Establishment politicians in both parties have blasted the tariffs, including Sen. Claire McCaskill, who said they would make it “harder for Missouri’s businesses to thrive.”
But they’re wrong. President Trump’s tariffs are paying off for American workers — including right in St. Louis.
U.S. Steel recently said that it will reopen the second of two furnaces at its Granite City Works plant. The move will create 300 new jobs and comes on the heels of the company’s decision to reopen the first furnace at Granite City, which will create another 500 jobs.
U.S. Steel’s decision to reopen their blast furnaces at Granite City isn’t unique. The nation’s five biggest steel producers gained almost $700 million in market value after President Trump announced the latest round of tariffs.
These gains are a major reason why the nation has created 245,000 new manufacturing jobs in the last year alone. Thanks to President Trump’s bold economic leadership, the steel industry is on its way to thriving once again.
This progress wasn’t inevitable. Sen. McCaskill and the media elites argue that the tariffs are unfair and aggressive toward our trading partners, though they helped create the problem in the first place by supporting bad trade deals that devastated America’s heartland over the past two decades.
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