For too long, foreign countries have taken advantage of American companies and we did little to enforce the protections of these trade deals – which is an integral part of free trade.
Prior to winning the White House, President Donald Trump pledged if he were to occupy the Oval Office, one of his first tasks would be to look into every violation of a trade agreement a foreign country is using to harm American workers and then direct his staff to “use every tool under American and international law to end these abuses.”
President Reagan, who I served as Secretary of Transportation, entered office backed by millions of citizens who wanted government to put hard-working Americans first and make jobs a priority.
In recent weeks, we’ve seen Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways launch a clever PR ploy to persuade the media and public officials that they are real companies subject to the same financial constraints as other airlines.
President Trump’s view on trade agreements is quite clear: They should be fair and beneficial for our country, they should be enforced, and they should create jobs for hard working Americans.
Emirates’ recent announcement that they would begin nonstop flights from Newark to Athens on March 12 struck many Washington aviation experts as remarkably bold, something like an “in your face” to the Trump administration, which has promised to put U.S. companies and their workers first.