As we embark on this historic trade mission, it is important to recognize what Trade Winds -- Africa, as well as our larger commercial partnership, represents. That the relationship between the United States and African countries is more mutually beneficial, prosperous, and consequential than it has ever been before.
What are President Obama's goals in the international trade area when President Xi visits the United States next week? I worry that there is not one among them that will change the U.S. trade picture. And unfortunately, when we look at the trade relationship with China, there is much that needs to be changed.
For years, Republicans have used race bait politics to consolidate their support among white, working class voters. For years, they postured about military action for partisan advantage. For years, they have worshipped Reagan as a man on a horse who rode in to save the country. Now Trump's tropes recycle these themes, in more nationalist, bawdy and bigoted rants. And in indicting our failed trade policies, defending Social Security and Medicare, questioning mindless interventions, he strays from the Republican gospel to appeal to the concerns of working Americans. He's calling out the phonies and offering himself as a true man on the horse to make America great again. The Republican establishment may just find themselves reaping what they have sown.
The lack of enforcement of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement has allowed the illegal timber trade to flourish and has put our environment, climate, businesses and consumer rights at risk. And now the United States is negotiating a new free trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), that includes the U.S., Peru, and ten other countries.