Over 600 US Companies Support Trump’s Tariffs on China: Letter
More than 600 U.S. companies signed a letter on June 21 in support of President Donald Trump’s tariffs imposed on China, backing the U.S. administration clamping down on the regime’s unfair trade practices.
The letter (pdf), signed by hundreds of U.S. producers as well as trade groups, said the administration needs to stay firm on the Chinese regime, given that the U.S. manufacturing sector is at stake. It also expressed concern about human rights abuses in China.
“If you want to get a sense of how the American people really feel about President Trump’s tariffs, take a look at today’s letter,” said Dan DiMicco, chair of the Coalition for a Prosperous America in a June 21 statement.
“Small and mid-sized companies from all over the country signed the letter—everything from apple growers, truckers, and lumber producers to steel, glass, and tire makers.
“China has been taking advantage of America’s openness for many years, and this has cost us millions of middle-class jobs. The American people are tired of it, and they support the president’s approach.”
According to the Daily Caller, the letter was presented to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on June 21 during a hearing on regarding proposed tariffs on approximately $300 billion of Chinese goods.
It was submitted to counter another letter signed by hundreds of companies last week that opposed the tariffs. The signatories of that letter include multinationals like Walmart and Target who sell products manufactured in China.
The sign of support comes amid heightened trade tensions between the two countries. In early May, Trump increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods after accusing the regime of reneging on commitments negotiated over months of trade talks. The Chinese regime retaliated with tariff hikes on $60 billion of U.S. imports.
Trump has since threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $325 billion list of Chinese goods and said he would decide on whether to go ahead with these after meeting with Chinese Leader Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Japan later this month.
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