St. Louis MO: A Japanese delegation including Prime Minister ShinzÅ Abe arrived in the U.S. this week for talks with President Trump and U.S. officials. While most of the media buzz has centered on North Korean policy and plans for an upcoming Summit, the President took to Twitter late Tuesday night to remind the public of his strong stance on trade. "While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I don’t like the deal for the United States," he tweeted. "Too many contingencies and no way to get out if it doesn’t work. Bilateral deals are far more efficient, profitable and better for OUR workers…"
Phyllis Schlafly wrote extensively against the TPP, calling it a plan that was "hatched and worked out in secret, and even members of Congress were denied access to the negotiations and documents." She recognized Trump's opposition then. We support and encourage his continued opposition now.
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles President Ed Martin released this statement in response:
"Trade and the TPP are some of the main issues that propelled Donald Trump to victory in 2016. Americans want someone who stands up for them and opposes bad deals for our country. We support the work Trump has done so far in removing us from these deals and we encourage him to stick to it!
"His statement last night reminds us there is pressure still on the U.S. to join agreements that are better for other countries than they are for us. We need actions that decrease our trade deficits with other nations – just as the President suggested in the better use of bilateral deals.
"It's high time on trade that the White House behaved as a governing body and not a political office. There is business to conduct for our great nation. We encourage Congress to follow suit, not only in putting American interests, economy, and workers first, but also in standing strong in the right position – no matter what political or international pressure comes."