President Trump Makes an Announcement with the National Association of Manufacturers
Remarks by President Trump
Today, I am signing two executive orders that send this message loud and clear and that set the stage for a great revival of American manufacturing. And you saw that today; you saw what happened, you saw the kind of numbers we have. The survey actually showed 93 percent of manufacturers are now optimistic about the future — a record high — and that’s up from about 56 percent just a couple of months ago. We’re going to build on that tremendous momentum. We’re bringing manufacturing and jobs back to our country.
First, I’m signing an executive order to ensure that we fully collect all duties imposed on foreign importers that cheat. They’re cheaters. From now on, those who break the rules will face the consequences — and they’ll be very severe consequences.
This will create an influx of revenue and also level the playing field with foreign competitors.
Second, I am ordering the first-ever comprehensive review of America’s trade deficits and all violations of trade rules that harm the United States and the workers of the United States, just as I promised during my campaign.
President Trump reiterates his commitment to help the common American Worker.
We’re going to investigate all trade abuses, and, based on those findings, we will take necessary and lawful action to end those many abuses. I am not beholden to any political or financial interest. I don’t care. I’m here to do a job. I’m doing a job for the American worker. I really don’t care. I’m not thinking about my business or anybody’s business. Wilbur isn’t. Peter isn’t. None of the folks that we have up here are. We’re doing a job. It’s an opportunity like nobody has ever given. And we’re here to do a great job for the American worker and for our companies where the American workers are employed.
That’s why I defied the special interests and followed through on my pledge to withdraw immediately from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And that’s why I am taking these very historic steps today. The wellbeing of America and the American worker is my North Star. And these two orders will point out our nation, and point to everybody, point to the world. Next week, as you know, in Florida, the Southern White House, we’re having the President of China and a large group from China as representatives. And we’re going to get down to some very serious business. So we look forward to it. I’ve spoken to him numerous times on the phone. We look very much forward to it. But it’s been very bad what’s been happening to our country in terms of our companies and in terms of our jobs. So we’re going to start turning it around. We’re going to turn it around fast; it’s not going to take a long time. It’s going to go fast.