Trump Fades on Trade, Offers Few Details in State of The Union

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Where was the president’s trade policy tonight?

Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech contained far less about America’s trade relationships than many expected from a candidate well-known for his economic nationalist stance.

Less than 80 of Trump’s over 5000-word prepared remarks were dedicated to trade. The names of countries such as China or Mexico, two countries that featured heavily in Trump’s campaign speeches, were hardly mentioned all.

Trump did say that “the era of economic surrender is over.”

But there was little emphasis on fixing trade deals or re-setting the international system of trade. 

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