As the world’s foremost democracy, it is incumbent upon the United States to support democracies and democratic principles wherever they may exist. This requires a commitment to a strong national defense that is capable of intervening to protect freedom only when the evidence for action is stark. I proudly support the efforts of furthering democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as finding a resolution to the years-long civil war ravaging Syria. I also am supportive of ensuring North Korea remains nuclear-free, arms-free, and moves from a dictatorship to a democracy.
I am philosophically a supporter of free trade. Trade promotes United States leadership, economic growth, and job creation. It helps alleviate poverty and builds stronger and more prosperous neighbors and partners, improving economic conditions both at home and abroad. By creating economic opportunities, we give individuals the freedom to choose employers offering better pay and better working conditions.
However, I believe it is paramount that we enforce the trade agreements that we already have in place. We must make sure that all parties are playing by the rules set during the negotiation process. In addition, I will continue to scrutinize all new trade agreement proposals.As with any other issue of concern to you and your family, I hope you will take the time to let me know how you feel about this issue. To find the best means to contact me, click here.
Federal Trade Commission Office of International Affairs
Office of the United States Trade Representative
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