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  Presidential Weekly Address  CSPAN  April 15, 2018 1:12am-1:16am EDT

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created as a public service by america's cable television companies, and today, we continue to bring you unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events in washington, d.c. and around the world. c-span is brought to you by your cable or satellite provider. announcer: in his weekly address, president trump talked about what he called unfair trade practices by other countries, and what he would do to help out the u.s. economy. for the democratic address, rhode island senator sheldon whitehouse spoke about the tax reform bill that congress passed last year. >> as a candidate for president, i promise that my administration would fight every day for american workers. years of unfair trade have hammered american families and plundered american wealth.
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it has been absolutely terrible for our country. we turned a blind eye while other nations targeted our industries and ransacked our factories. they took advantage of our country, they took advantage of our people. over the last two decades, the united states racked up $12.5 trillion in trade deficits in goods, and watched nearly 1/3 of our manufacturing jobs disappear or go to other countries. we financed the rise of other countries at the expense of our own, middle-class people. yet our leaders in washington did absolutely nothing. they allowed other countries to andt, to break the rules, to steal our jobs with impunity. politicians responded to economic aggression with economic surrender. not anymore. not going to happen. we are standing up for our families, our factory workers, and our way of life. my administration hears your
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voice and has your back. after a thorough investigation, my administration documented china's unfair trade practices, including forst technology transfers. as a result of this investigation, we are taking concrete actions to stop this abuse, including proposing tariffs for select imports designed to save our industries for the future. we have no other choice. we will get along with china, they will be friends of ours, but they just can't take advantage of us any longer. we will have a great relationship with china, but it will be a fair relationship, not like it was. we will also no longer tolerate unfair and nonreciprocal trading practices, not only with china, but with anyone. my administration will use all available authorities to protect our great farmers. we love our farmers, we are going to take care of our
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farmers. we want fair and reciprocal trade, where countries open their markets in equal measure, and all sides play by the rules, and that hasn't been happening in the past. what we won't tolerate our one-sided deals, where we open our markets while other countries is. only by standing up for ourselves can we end the abuse, restore our prosperity, and reclaim our economic independence. we're going to make america wealthy again, not only great again. thank you, god bless you, and god bless america. hi, time senator sheldon whitehouse from rhode island. the folks i talk to in my state also told me they are frustrated with the situation in washington. they tell me it seems like the big money is in charge, that they don't get a fair shot. they see a congress and an