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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