Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump threatened to pull the U.S. out of the World Trade Organization if membership in the global trade body interferes with his plan to impose penalties on companies that move American production offshore.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would consider pulling the United States out of the World Trade Organization should he end up winning the election.
The comments, made to NBCâ€™s â€œMeet the Press,â€ are the latest in a series of Trump threats to pull the U.S. away from international institutions and compacts. Trumpâ€™s disgust for trade deals is well-known. And in the midst of his convention in Cleveland, he reiterated to The New York Times that he would not come to the aid of NATO allies if they hadnâ€™t fully paid their dues to the organization.
Trumpâ€™s distaste for the WTO appears to be based on his view that itâ€™s helped create a trade imbalance for the United States â€• though he doesnâ€™t explicitly say that; he merely calls the organization â€œa disaster.â€
Trump said that he would like to levy a tax of somewhere between 15 and 35 percent on the products of U.S. companies that move their production jobs overseas. When â€œMeet the Pressâ€ host Chuck Todd told him that some of those hikes â€œarenâ€™t going to get throughâ€ the WTO, the Republican nominee responded in kind.
â€œThen weâ€™re going to renegotiate or weâ€™re going to pull out,â€ he said. â€œThese trade deals are a disaster, Chuck. You know, the World Trade Organization is a disaster.â€
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