President Donald Trump is angry at the Chamber of Commerce for putting its lobbying weight against his ‘America First’ policies on trade and immigration.
Trump called into CNBC today to bash the Chamber and even threaten to revoke his long-time membership to the organization.
“I’m a member of the U.S. Chamber,” Trump said. “Maybe I’ll have to rethink that, because when you look at it, the chamber is probably more for the companies and the people that are members than they are for our country.”
Trump’s remarks come after Myron Brilliant, who works as the Chamber’s head of international affairs, criticized Trump’s “weaponization of tariffs” earlier in the day. The Chamber is an organization that supports corporate trade deals like NAFTA and the TPP.
“The weaponization of tariffs — the increase of threats on our economy, on our farmers, our manufacturers, our consumers — is going to hurt our country. It also creates uncertainty with our trading partners,” Brilliant said.
“The world is watching,” Brilliant added.
Trump is appalled by this establishment GOP organization’s lack of support for the progress that his nationalist approach is making in solving problems.
“I just want to say to the United States Chamber of Commerce, if we didn’t have tariffs, we wouldn’t have made a deal with Mexico,” Trump said.
It is not just Trump’s trade agenda in which the Chamber of Commerce is staunchly opposed. They also support amnesty for illegal aliens and oppose Trump’s border wall.
“We commend the members of the House who voted to pass the American Dream and Promise Act, and we look forward to working with the Senate as it continues to address the issue of immigration reform. It is critical for both parties in both houses of Congress to come together on a path forward on immigration reform legislation,” U.S. Chamber Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley said in a press release after the DREAM Act was passed by Congress last week.
The Chamber also claimed that “a wall dividing the U.S. and Mexico would hardly solve all our immigration problems” in a 2015 article criticizing Trump while he was on the campaign trail.
Trump took note of the Chamber’s lack of patriotism as they care more about preserving corporate profit margins than protecting U.S. sovereignty.
“As far as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, they have to start representing the United States, not just the companies that are members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” Trump said.
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