Wilbur Ross: “Trump is doing more to improve the U.S.-China relationship than any president in decades”

President Trump is doing more to improve the U.S.-China relationship than any president in decades, and this final beef protocol agreement represents even more concrete progress. As we clear away long-standing issues like this one, focusing on near-term, verifiable deliverables, we are building a sound foundation for further discussions.

—Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

Statement on Trade Deal to Send US Beef to China, June 12, 2017

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Wilbur Ross: Past Free-Trade Orientation Prevents US from Making New Trade Agreements

So in a weird way, the fact that we have been so free-trade oriented historically actually impedes our ability to make new free-trade agreements.  And that’s something that I don’t think is very well understood, so I think it would actually do your readers a very good service to point out to them that the fact that we have made so many unilateral concessions impedes having more free-trade agreements with other countries.  It’s an oddity of the way that we’ve behaved in the past.

—Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

Press Briefing on an Executive Order on Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses, April 28, 2017

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