In the past few weeks, President Donald J. Trump has fought to secure one of his key promises to the American people: negotiating free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals for the American worker.
Yesterday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced a new agreement with South Korea that accomplishes exactly that:
“The improved KORUS agreement reflects the President’s leadership in delivering more reciprocal trade outcomes benefiting U.S. workers, exporters, and businesses. The United States and Korea have strengthened an important economic relationship by agreeing to substantial improvements to KORUS that will help rebalance our trade, reduce our trade deficit, and expand U.S. export opportunities.”News of the deal is earning the Administration widespread recognition. “The finalization of a trade agreement with South Korea would hand Mr. Trump a victory in his ‘America First’ approach to trade,” The New York Times reported.
Each week, the Administration is seeing more and more news that consumer and business confidence continue to soar, particularly now that President Trump’s tax cuts are helping the U.S. economy take off after eight years of stagnation.
- Pew: Economy ‘Good-Excellent’ Rating Highest in 18 Years (Washington Examiner)
- Business Economists Optimistic About Growth: Survey (The Hill)
- U.S. Consumer Confidence Hits 14-Year High (The Wall Street Journal)
- U.S. Job Openings Surge to Record High in January (Reuters)
The bipartisan omnibus deal that President Trump signed into law last week delivers desperately needed resources for our Nation’s troops. Another important goal it accomplishes is helping to make American schools safer.
“The president has called on Congress to expand mental health programs, including those that help identify and treat individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wrote in the Washington Examiner this week. “Congress heard and acted on this request in its omnibus spending bill, giving $700 million to the Department of Education for Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants.”
As part of the omnibus, Congress also passed the STOP School Violence Act and the Fix NICS Act, the latter of which strengthens America’s criminal background check system.
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This morning, President Trump hosted a credentialing ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors to Washington, D.C. The President will then have lunch with the Secretary of Defense.
Vice President Mike Pence will deliver keynote remarks at an America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event at the Minneapolis Convention Center.