As President Donald Trump’s administration and Congress continue to negotiate over healthcare reform, there is a growing body of evidence showing that many of the most important trade deals have been sabotaged by Congress and the White House.
In a letter to members of Congress, the President’s trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, said that his administration is “committed to a robust, efficient, and transparent process to bring about a fair, competitive and secure trade agreement.”
“We will continue to seek and advance fair and competitive trade agreements, including those that benefit American workers, American farmers, American consumers, American workers and American workers abroad,” Lighthiner wrote.
“We will work tirelessly with our allies to advance fair trade agreements that strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, jobs and economic growth.”
Lighthizer also noted that the Trump administration is working to reach a final agreement with Mexico and China, which will be important in the face of a growing trade deficit.
He also noted “recent news stories” that have highlighted the trade deficit in the United States.
In February, Lighthier wrote that the United Sates “has been a net exporter of goods and services, including automobiles, to other countries, as well as to countries in the region and beyond, since 1979.”
“As of May 1, 2016, the U. S. trade deficit with Mexico was $1.6 trillion,” Lythman wrote.
This was a $500 billion figure he said the US. has been unable to balance for the past 25 years.
In December, Lythizer wrote that, since 2009, the United State has been a “net exporter” of cars, trucks and other goods, a “trade deficit” of $2.6 billion.
He noted that “this deficit has continued to grow in recent years, especially during the Obama administration.”
In April, Loughner wrote that “we have become a net importer of agricultural commodities in the U S.” he also said that the U “has become a trade importer, in our own best interests.”
“In recent years,” Loughnner wrote, “our agricultural exports have fallen from $17 billion in 2007 to $10 billion in 2016.
We have also lost hundreds of thousands of American jobs.”
In September, Laugher wrote that since the 2009 financial crisis, the country has been “a net exposer of farm commodities to other nations, including Japan and South Korea, which we export to our neighbors and which also export to us.”
In October, Lthizer wrote, the “current trade deficit” with China has increased from $3.2 billion to $4.4 billion.
The trade deficit increased to $13.9 billion in February, from $9.6 in March.
In April, the deficit reached $14.6, from a previous $5.4.
Lighthiller wrote that he has “been able to make some progress” on many of his priorities, including improving access to affordable health care for Americans, improving access for workers to better jobs and increasing the U-turn rate on tax cuts.
He did not, however, address how the administration is moving forward with addressing other trade issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the North American Free Trade Agreement.