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How Cohn is undermining Trump’s ‘America First’ trade policy



“America First” was the cornerstone of President Trump’s campaign, and remains at the core of his trade policy today. Unfortunately, not all of the president’s closest advisors support America First principles, and are even working to actively undermine them.

Gary Cohn, the current Director of the National Economic Council and former Goldman Sachs banker, is chief among these individuals.

Leading up to the July 2017 G-20 summit, Cohn reportedly pushed Trump to refrain from placing tariffs on steel and other goods, a position directly at odds with Trump’s America First agenda. “I think the president is pretty clear on what he wants. It’s the staff that is on different pages,” one senior administration aide told Politico.

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As recently as Tuesday, Trump reaffirmed his position on implementing tariffs in key areas to lawmakers at the White House.

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“They are dumping and destroying our industries,” Trump stated, adding that, “You may have a higher price, but you have jobs.” The president also cited national defense as a key reason for want to implement tariffs.

“I want to keep prices down, but I also want to make sure that we have a steel industry and an aluminum industry, and we do need that for national defense,” Trump proclaimed.

Cohn’s assessment of the coal industry represents another battlefield where he and the president differ. During the 2016 presidential race, Trump repeatedly expressed he wished to save the industry.

In a May 2016 speech, Trump reaffirmed coal miners crushed by burdensome regulations, stating, “For those miners, get ready because you’re going to be working you’re asses off.” Trump even bolstered clean coal technology in February by including a tax credit for carbon capture projects.

However, in May 2017, Cohn painted an entirely different picture of the coal industry, reportedly stating, “Coal doesn’t even make that much sense anymore as a feedstock,” while aboard Air Force One.

Cohn’s view on coal stands in stark contrast to the president’s America First agenda, and even prompted false speculation of a shift in Trump’s energy and environmental policies, effectively undermining him in the press.

Not only has Cohn routinely undermined the president’s policies—he’s also been directly insubordinate, criticizing the president’s reaction to the Charlottesville controversy and allegedly faking bad reception to end a phone call with Trump during tax reform negotiations.

Moreover, Cohn is a registered Democrat, and clearly can’t identify with American workers. On almost all of the president’s major trade policy decisions, such as washing machine and steel tariffs and NAFTA negotiations. In fact, Cohn blocked two separate attempts to withdraw from NAFTA.

Now is the time for President Trump to stand up to the global elitists and keep his America First promise. He should continue to implement trade policies that protect American workers and corporations, consistent with his America First agenda.

By standing with the millions of hard working Americans that voted him into office, the president can bring about real change and Make America Great Again.

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Tucker Blasts DHS For Buffing Cheap Labor Visa Programs During Corona Recession

Americans are losing their jobs. Why is DHS handing out work visas?



Fox’s Tucker Carlson raised the alarm on an attempt by Department of Homeland Security bureaucrats to boost cheap labor worker visas in the midst of the chinese coronavirus epidemic, undercutting the jobs and wages of American workers in an hour where many face renewed economic insecurity as a result of the pandemic.

On Wednesday, DHS released 20,000 H-2B visas as a corporate giveaway, allowing employers to import nominally seasonal blue collar workers in an hour where 3.3 million Americans are slated to file for unemployment benefits.

DHS is planning on releasing even more cheap labor giveaway visas in the coming months, lining up 15,000 more visas by May. DHS Secretary Chad Wolf is creating the visas for business interests in an arbitrary fashion, surpassing the allotted annual cap of around 60,000 with the bonus visas.

Watch Tucker’s segment here:

Speaking of the similar H-1B visa giveaway program, Tucker slammed the greed of globalist corporations seeking to replace American workers with a system of de facto indentured servitude with foreign workers legally bound to their employers.

The visas are used to import tens of thousands of tech workers from India so that Silicon Valley can profit from a cheaper workforce. Nothing against the workers- but they’re taking jobs that could go to Americans.”

Tucker has documented at length the tendency of global corporations to shamelessly use the visa programs to replace their American workforce, going so far as to order longtime employees to train their cheaper foreign replacements.

The DHS visa giveaway quite literally couldn’t come at a worse time- bailing out corporations that seek cheap labor and undercutting the interests of American workers in the construction, landscaping, and agricultural industries.

DHS Secretary Chad Wolf has a reliable track record of seeking to increase corporate giveaway worker visas as a Washington D.C lobbyist. Unfortunately, it appears he’s continuing in an attempt to deliver the goods to America’s business interests as head of the federal department, rebuffing the premise of adhering to President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ pro-worker platform. (Trump had ran on the premise of shrinking if not outright abolishing frequently abused visa programs in the 2016 election.)

Tucker called upon President Trump to step in and correct Wolf’s attempt to placate corporate interests, using the powers of his office to shut down the cheap labor visa giveaways in the hour they stand poised to prove the most destructive to the economic interests of American workers.

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