International Trade

America is the big winner in the global economy. Nearly half of the revenue of all S&P 500 companies is generated by overseas sales. We must always work toward fair rules and a level playing field, but a system of international trade cannot be built on an approach of ‘we will always win and you will always lose.’ We must support our workers when international trade has adverse impacts. Programs that educate and train workers and help them adapt to economic changes are important and add value. Withdrawing from trade agreements, threatening our good neighbors and best trading partners, and imposing tariffs will only hurt us. This is particularly true with one of America’s greatest competitors in foreign markets, which is agriculture. The same is true of the automotive industry. We must be smarter. We must also recognize that international trade relationships are yet another diplomatic tool for achieving our objectives on the world stage, one of which is national security.

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