President Donald Trump was scheduled to sign some major executive orders on trade — but it didn’t exactly go as planned.
Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s whole crew arrived at the White House for the signing. As per standard protocol, the president approached the podium. Pence handed the president two folders, which had the executive orders inside of them.
But before he could sign, reporters began bothering him with obstructive questions about his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has offered to testify about potential Russian involvement in the election in exchange for immunity.
According to CNN, Trump decided not to sign the orders because of the reporters. He simply walked out instead.
The president decided to sign the two orders, which were related to trade, later. According to CNN, “One order commissions a 90-day study of US trade deficits with some of its largest trading partners to identify potential trade abuses and cheating. The second directive orders stricter and more effective enforcement of US anti-dumping laws to prevent foreign manufacturers from undercutting US companies by selling goods at an unfair price.”
Trump is sick and tired of America getting the bad end of these deals. He has made it clear that he is not interested in signing mediocre orders — instead, he is going to make sure the U.S. always gets the best deal possible.
Trump said, “They’re cheaters! From now on those that break the rules will face the consequences, and there will be very severe consequences.”
The message is very clear: America First!
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