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Congressman Brendan Boyle

Representing the 13th District of Pennsylvania


Boyle Calls on Trump to Keep Promises on China and Trade

April 5, 2017
Press Release
Letter comes on eve of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping Despite campaigning on China and trade, President Trump has not acted for the American worker

WASHINGTON, DC–Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) joined a group of 90 Members of the House of Representatives in writing to President Trump, demanding that he fix the failed policies on trade with China. Throughout his campaign and his first months in office, President Trump pledged to the American people that he would correct our China trade policy and declared that this was essential to delivering on two other promises—to reduce our massive trade deficit and to ‘bring back’ American manufacturing jobs. However, the President has yet to act on these critical issues.

“We have yet another broken promise from President Trump. Instead of putting his foot down to defend our workers and holding the Chinese government accountable for its unfair trade practices – which he repeatedly vowed he’d do starting day one as president – Trump now says he will be taking a ‘first step towards building constructive and results-orientated relations’ when he sits down with Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago tomorrow.” Boyle continued, “On the heels of two meager executive orders on trade and a weak plan for renegotiating NAFTA, it is becoming increasingly clear that Trump was never serious about actually fighting for working people. Workers across the country need a real champion, and not just somebody who plays one on TV.”

Boyle is a co-chair of the Blue Collar Caucus, which was formed to foster member discussion and legislative ideas focused on addressing wage stagnation, job insecurity, trade, offshoring, and dwindling career opportunities for those in the manufacturing and building trades. The caucus focuses on bringing together a diverse array of Democratic members of the House of Representatives to generate solutions that will protect American workers from globalized competition, maintain the viability of domestic manufacturing, and help to cultivate innovative industries that can provide stable employment amid rapid technological advancement.

The full letter is available here.