Tillerson tells House members WTO needs reform

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told House members Wednesday that the Trump administration supports the World Trade Organization but the global body is in need of changes. Asked by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) if President Trump supports a slew of institutions including the WTO, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and others, as well as the…

Nearly 14,000 Companies in China Violate Pollution Rules

Environmental inspectors in northern China have found that nearly 14,000 companies, or 70 percent of the businesses they examined, failed to meet environmental standards for controlling air pollution, according to a state news agency report. [EDWARD WONG] June 13th, 2017 [The New York Times] The inspectors working for the Ministry of Environmental Protection came up with those results…

Ross Confident Administration Can Negotiate Better Trade Terms

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressed confidence that the Trump administration can achieve better trade terms through negotiations with trading partners, rather than immediately turning to tariffs or other punitive measures that could generate retaliation or other economic repercussions. [William Mauldin] June 12th, 2017 [The Wall Street Journal] President Donald Trump, who repeatedly warned in his 2016 campaign…

U.S. Should Create a Fair Trade Framework That Puts Family Farmers, Ranchers, & Rural Communities First

WASHINGTON – As the Trump Administration navigates a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to establish a new, fair trade framework for international trade deals that benefits family farmers, ranchers, and rural residents. [Andrew Jerome] June 12th, 2017 [National Farmers Union] In public comments…