A Previous version of this story misstated the date of President Trump’s State of the Union speech.
President Donald Trump told the state Tuesday night his trade policies are helping reestablish American automobile and other manufacturing projects and asked Congress to give him more unilateral ability to impose trade remedies on other states.
In his State of the Union speech, Trump said the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement rectifies that a”historic blunder” which resulted in the migration of good-paying endeavors to Mexico and encouraged lawmakers to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada replacement.
The USMCA will”supply for American employees like they have not had delivered for quite a while,” Trump said in the ground of the U.S. House of Representatives. “I expect you are able to pass USMCA into legislation, so we can bring back our production jobs in even larger amounts, enlarge American agriculture, protect intellectual property and make sure that more cars are proudly stamped with our four amazing phrases,’Made in the United States.'”
Support for USMCA is lukewarm thus much and experts are divided about whether Congress will eventually approve it.
“Wages for autoworkers have experienced a 25 percent pay cut in recent decades. This has to change,” UAW President Gary Jones said in a statement following the address. “Let’s restore the American employee as a priority at the laws, commerce arrangements and the inherent values we all cherish. Our challenge will be to restore the American Dream. Because American employees have spent in the usa and they seem to Washington to put money into U.S.!”
Tariffs about $250 billion worth of Chinese products, and on steel and aluminum, are damaging some American companies, but Trump reported the responsibilities have brought China to the negotiating table, in which the U.S. is insisting on an end to unfair trade practices and much more balanced transaction to protect U.S. employees.
Trump encouraged Congress to pass on the Reciprocal Trade Act, introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., that might provide the president broad new ability to increase tariffs to coincide with the degree of high tariffs on U.S. products in different nations.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has dismissed the notion, which can be expected to get little support. Grassley and other Republicans support legislation introduced that could rein in Trump’s capability to impose tariffs for national security reasons, because he did steel and is threatening to do with light vehicles.