Following Donald Trump’s weekend tweets stating that he will focus on bringing back jobs to China, nearly three dozen Senate Democrats called on the president to focus on putting U.S jobs and national security first.
Trump tweeted on Sunday that he has directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to ease penalties imposed on the China-based cellphone company ZTE.
But, 32 Democratic Senators called on Trump to focus on the U.S. first. They wrote a letter to the president led by Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee ranking member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
“Offering to trade American sanctions enforcement to promote jobs in China is plainly a bad deal for American workers and for the security of all Americans,” the senators wrote in the letter to Trump.
“Bargaining away law enforcement power over bad actors such as ZTE undermines the historically sharp distinction between sanctions and export control enforcement and routine trade decisions made by the U.S.,” they added.
“American workers and companies confront rampant theft of U.S. intellectual property, agricultural policies that disadvantage American farmers, restrictions on market access for U.S. service providers and manufacturers, and mercantilist industrial policies that have cost U.S. workers their jobs,” they continued.
Recently U.S. officials went to China to open trade talks about Beijing’s unfair trade practices.
“Your order comes as your administration is in the midst of discussions with China to address China’s market-distorting policies and other tactics to undermine key American industries,” the letter said.
“Beyond appearing to risk American national security, the statement suggests that the administration is not serious about addressing the many economic challenges China presents.”