FAIRFAX, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump for reopening the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to renegotiation between the U.S., Canada and Mexico:
“President Trump is keeping his campaign promise to get a better deal for American workers and businesses on NAFTA. The American people finally have an advocate in the White House dedicated to putting America first on the global economic stage. The President has not forgotten those who got him elected in 2016, and now it is time for the U.S. Trade Representative to get a better deal for America that serves U.S. interests instead of shipping our jobs and production abroad. It’s about time that we truly have an administration that is working on behalf of the American people instead of multinational corporate interests.
“Ironically, former President Obama reopened NAFTA too when he attempted to ram the ill-conceived Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress. The major difference was the 12-nation TPP was designed to make NAFTA even worse for American workers all the while locking it into place within a larger, global framework. President Trump knows that the U.S. economy has not grown above an inflation-adjusted 4 percent since 2000 nor above 3 percent since 2005, clearly demonstrating the need to renegotiate the price of doing business in America.”