President Trump met with top executives of several corporations based in the US to discuss the economy and his agenda for the country. According to White House spokesman Sean Spicer said during his first weekday press conference that Trump met with them to discuss putting “America first” and job creation. Among those who came to the White House today were Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical, Mark Fields of Ford Motor Company, and Michael Dell of Dell computers.
Following the meeting, Liveris said that Trump will not “do anything to harm competitiveness. He is going to make us more competitive.” For his part, Fields said that he feels a “lot of confidence” after the meeting. “The president is very, very serious about making sure that the United States economy is going to be strong. And have policy, tax, regulatory or trade, to drive that. And I think that encourages all of us.”
In other news on trade policy, President Trump signed executive orders declaring that the United States is stepping away from the Trans Pacific trade Partnership, which had been Barack Obama’s signature geopolitical deal. Congress had not approved TPP. “We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” Mr. Trump said as he signed a document formalizing his decision. The withdrawal from the trade pact, he added, is a “great thing for the American worker.”
There are indications that Trump will also take steps soon to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The president has scheduled meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who represent the other two players in the pact. Last week, Trump promised during his inaugural address that he would put “Ameriica First” when negotiating with other countries. “We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs,” he said. “Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.” His policy is to “buy American and hire American.”