Trump renews call for USMCA approval
President Donald Trump used the State of the Union Address to renew his call for passing the USMCA trade deal. He says, “I hope you can pass the USMCA into law so that we can bring back our manufacturing jobs in even greater numbers, expand American agriculture, protect intellectual property, and ensure that more cars are proudly stamped with four beautiful words: made in the USA.”
Trump also touched on negotiations with the Chinese and confirmed U.S. officials will be in China for talks later this month. He also asked Congress to pass an additional tariff bill that would give him the ability to match other nation’s tariffs. “If another country places an unfair tariff on an American product, we can charge them the exact same tariff on the exact same product that they sell to us.” A bill proposed by Wisconsin Republican Sean Duffy has been introduced that would allow this, but other legislation in the House has been introduced that would take away Presidential authority to impose many tariffs.
Much of the President’s speech was centered on the positive economy, low unemployment, immigration, and border security, and he reminded Congress they only have ten days left to pass a bill to fund the government, protect the homeland, and secure the southern border.
Listen to the President’s State of The Union Address here: