OPINION | Barry Richard: What’s Wrong With Fair Trade Deals?
President Donald Trump is living the life of a rock star in Davos, Switzerland where he is attending the annual World Economic Forum. Seems even those world leaders who can't find a nice thing to say about Trump are scrambling to be near him or to get a photo with him.
Trump's message to the gathering, America is looking for "fair and reciprocal" trade with the rest of the world;
"There has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest and to grow in the United States."
"America is open for business and we are competitive once again."
“After years of stagnation, the United States is once again experiencing strong economic growth. The stock market is smashing one record after another and has added more than $7 trillion in new wealth since my electio.”
“Consumer, business and manufacturing confidence are the highest they’ve been in many decades.”
Trump is right to put American interests ahead of a socialist ideology. America first does not mean America alone but, America can no longer afford to carry the load for the rest of the planet. TPP and NAFTA were negotiated by globalists from previous administrations and are bad deals for American workers and taxpayers.
Trump is leading and is inviting the world to follow. I suspect it will.
Editor's Note: Barry Richard is the afternoon host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from Noon-3 p.m. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.