On Monday morning President Donald Trump took time out of his busy schedule to speak to our nation’s governors about his plans for our economy and our future progress. He argued that he was a “total nationalist” in a “true sense,” before explaining that that simply means he wants America to win in whatever we do.
The president also explained that while he believed in “free” trade, he wanted to make sure that our free trade deals were as good for us as they were for our trade partners. I think the question any free trade supporter would ask at this points is… why would we sign a free trade deal that wasn’t good for us? This question leads me to believe that President Trump and free trade defenders can get on the same page once President Trump shows that, as President, he’ll support free trade.
We’re also going to make taxes between countries much more fair. We’re one of the only countries in the world that can — people can sell their product into us and have no tax, no nothing. And they get rich. And yet, if you want to do business with them, you’ll have taxes, I’ve seen as high as 100 percent.
So, they sell into us; no problem. We sell into them — because we don’t sell in, because the taxes are so high that they don’t want us to sell into them.
So, I know that’s always been a point of contention, but to me, it’s just fair. It’s just fair. It’s reciprocal. It’s fair.
And so we’re going to be doing a lot of work on that. And that’s becoming a very, very important factor, fairness. Because I believe in free trade. I want so much trade.
You know, somebody said, “Oh, maybe he’s a total nationalist.” Which I am in a true sense.
But I want trade. I want great trade between countries.
But the word “free” is very deceiving because it’s good for them, it’s not good for us. I want fair trade. And if we’re going to be taxed, they should be taxed at the same amount, the other countries.