For President Trump, Another Opportunity to Protect American Workers


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For President Trump, Another Opportunity to Protect American Workers

USA – -( As the Trump administration continues to negotiate and define its trade relationship with China, it’s important to remember that whatever agreement comes out of the current détente will only be one step in a continual process.

Worldwide trade is incredibly complex and ever-changing. No trade regime with China can be completely defined or enforced under a single agreement. The moment one deal is made, China will immediately begin looking for other ways to gain an unfair advantage – and they are not the only ones.

This is why the Trump administration must continue to develop a system that can enforce the trade agreements it makes with China – and every other country with which the U.S. does business.

For example, the Qatari government had provided an estimated $25 billion in illegal subsidies to its state-owned carrier, Qatar Airways, in violation of its years-long Open Skies agreement with the U.S. – a bilateral treaty that ensures fair competition in the aviation market. These subsidies essentially propped up Qatar Airways, wiping away massive losses and insulating the carrier from challenging market forces. The global aviation community correctly recognized that it would be impossible to compete with an airline that didn’t have to worry about profits or demand.

President Trump brought the Qatari government to the negotiating table and held it accountable for its dubious actions. A new agreement struck in January represented an opportunity for Qatar to turn the page, and for rule-abiding airlines to finally compete on a level playing field. Qatar pledged to be more transparent in its financial transactions and in a letter accompanying the agreement, said it had no plans to launch “fifth-freedom” routes, such as those from Europe to the United States. The Qatari leadership has continued to do virtually everything it said it wouldn’t.

Qatar’s finances have only become murkier. In late 2017, prior to the latest agreement, Qatar Airways bought a 49 percent stake in the holding company of the long-troubled airline Air Italy (once known as Meridiana). Early this month, Air Italy announced it will launch new routes from Milan to San Francisco and Los Angeles next year. This isn’t a coincidence. Qatar Airways is simply dumping its government subsidies into Air Italy, so it can gain access to the United States via the Italian airline. Air Italy would not have been able to launch these routes without the financial backing of Qatar Airways, and Qatar would have not been able to provide its backing without illegal subsidies. Prior to Qatar’s purchase, Air Italy was mainly serving just a few regional routes.

This puts the U.S. aviation industry and the 1.2 million jobs it supports at risk.

Even before news of Air Italy’s California routes came out, there was widespread concern that Qatar was violating the January agreement. Recently 11 senators, including Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY), wrote to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross expressing concerns over Qatar Airways and Air Italy.

Consider this: Qatar’s ability to skirt markets and dump subsidies into pet projects is a fraction of a fraction of China’s capability.

This is why President Trump is taking China so seriously. He knows that he has to bring maximum toughness to every negotiation with China so China’s leaders begin to understand that cheating will not be tolerated.

However, the system that the Trump administration builds for keeping China and other trading partners accountable once these deals are made must be even more tough. To be sure, Trump’s resolve in the fight over trade with China has caused some U.S. industries some pain, but this is nothing compared to what an unchecked China could do. Xi Jinping has been clear about all of the sectors he intends to dominate.

This is potentially the greatest challenge President Trump – and America as a whole – face in the coming decades. Free, fair, and reciprocal trade is a fight we must win. Our survival depends on it.

Your Friend,

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich

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  • 8 thoughts on “For President Trump, Another Opportunity to Protect American Workers

    1. Thank you Mr. Gingrich. When you speak, intelligent people listen. You were the smartest man in DC back then and you still are. Astute observations all. Going back to 94 and your Contract with America—you actually forced a balanced budget down Bill Clinton’s throat and made him pretend he liked it. In fact he tried to take credit for it (this was after he vetoed the EXACT bill twice). It was the last time we had a balanced budget and I don’t see anything like that coming any time soon. Most folks don’t realize what a debt if gratitude this country owes you and your persistence. Paul Ryan was never fit to shine your shoes. Thank you.

    2. In my humble opinion, the simplest way to deal with the “Worldwide trade is incredibly complex and ever-changing. ”
      problem is a ONE TIME declaration by the USA, that, every change made by one party, will be met by an immediate reciprocal move by the USA and all other party involved. A kind of MAD doctrine for trade

    3. First we need to bring back companies that the Klintons. encouraged to move to Mexico and China for extra cheap labor.Factory jobs went from 10 million here in the 1990’s down to less than a million. Second put up the boarder wall to stop millions of illegals who are coming to America to take good paying jobs away from hard working Americans I’ve got several friends looking for jobs and cant get hired because now one of the requirements is that they speak and write spanish so they dont offend the Hispanics. Wow. . Third, try to buy only products that are made in the USA!

      1. @W.F. That is a terrific petition. I have signed it and would encourage others to read it and decide for themselves to, hopefully, sign it.

    4. First off, any single time any politician says anything about, pertaining to, or used the term “fairness”, know that you’re being manipulated and screwed with.

      Second, who gives a crippled flying rat f**k about Qatar and Italy’s airine routes? Or the US aviation sector? Until or unless the US carriers and all those that fly into the US join up to have the TSA disbanded, screw them. Crippled rats and all.

      Lastly, Newt. Just go away and die already. You were useless then, you’re useless now, and it’s not going to improve. How’s that Contract With America working out for the peasants out here, eh? Seems that the poonings continue unabated and with less and less lube every year.

      1. Ahh yes..the ‘Contract with America’. Good point. Most Americans have most likely forgot about it.
        Another example of the ‘Stupid’ ‘do nothing party’.

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