Curtis Ellis, executive director of the American Jobs Alliance and trade policy adviser to Donald Trump, joined SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon on Wednesday’s Breitbart News Daily.
Bannon began by asking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Ellis described as “far beyond a trade deal”–and not in a good way.
“It says right in there it’s going to create this Trans-Pacific Commission, like the European Commission, that’s going to write the rules, fill in the blanks, and rewrite the agreement because it’s a ‘living agreement,’” he said.
This commission’s going to be made up of representatives from each member country, so the Sultan of Brunei has the same vote as the President of the United States. And guess what: there are more sultans of Brunei, and chairmen of the Vietnamese Communist parties, and folks like that, in this commission than there is the President of the United States, so we get outvoted.
Bannon asked why American elites were so eager to surrender sovereignty and their own authority in trade deals like this.
“They believe that they will have a greater voice and influence over the members of this commission – these bureaucrats in Kuala Lumpur, or wherever this Pacific commission’s gonna be based; they’re gonna have more influence over them than they will in the U.S. Congress,” Ellis replied, arguing that the elites want to “dispense with the voice of the American people.”
There’s one line in Donald Trump’s speech the other day that just hit me. He said, “We are in competition with the world, and I want America to win.” Now, the way the elites see it, they want to see a global economy without an America. They think the global economy should win because they will control the global economy. They will not be held back by the U.S. Congress, the U.S. people, the American people.
“They don’t have to worry about the American people any more,” he continued. “They simply have to optimize their profits, by using cheap labor – slave labor in Malaysia, which is a well-known fact – and make a deal with the communist dictators of Vietnam to get subsidies. It’s basically crony corruption.”
Ellis agreed with Bannon’s characterization of globalist economics as a transfer of wealth “from the working class and the middle class in the United States, to the top one percent globally, and the rising middle class of Asia.”
“We’ve seen wealth distribution in this country to the one percent. We’ve seen wealth distribution through things like – other programs, like food stamps and whatnot,” Ellis said, adding:
You see a small bit of wealth redistributed to the poorest in America, right? Take it on a global scale. They’ve taken jobs away, and entire industries away, from the American working class, and redistributed that to Asia – to East Asia, South Asia, Mexico, South America. It’s about redistributing the wealth of America to the rest of the world, to get this “even distribution of wealth,” they call it. “Let’s get rid of income inequality,” right? Income inequality on a global scale.
He asserted, “And if that means taking wealth away from America – well, we just stole it anyway. ‘This is a racist country that has pillaged the world and stolen the land from the Indians, and it’s about time we pay back and make reparations to the rest of the world.’ That’s what they say,” Ellis said of the globalist elite. “But in the meantime, the folks doing it are getting richer than ever. So we get to pay; they get to keep their money.”
Bannon asked Ellis if he thought Trump’s recent economic speech hit core issues like trade, immigration, and the loss of manufacturing hard enough to satisfy his populist base.
“There was a lot in there on trade,” Ellis replied. “I think you’ve got to make the point that it’s a double-barrel approach. You’ve got to have trade reform and tax reform. Look, the line that sums it up: ‘We punish companies for making products in America, but let them ship products into the U.S. tax-free, if they move overseas.’” He added, “So let’s stop punishing companies in America, through the tax and regulatory reform, and let’s stop them from bringing products into the U.S. tax-free, through trade reform.”
“I personally – and I think Donald Trump feels the same way – it’s the trade issue, and the immigration issue, that really lights people up,” he said, adding, “This stuff about tax reform – don’t get me wrong, absolutely crucial. I’m not sure that lights people up and motivates the movement.” Ellis then stated, “I know that it doesn’t motivate the movement the way that the trade stuff does because no one’s talked about trade before like Donald Trump, and that’s why Donald Trump has the following he has.”
“Americanism, not globalism – they can’t stand that,” Ellis declared. “My gosh, that’s cyanide to them.”
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