Export and investment promotion

Exports and foreign direct investment (FDI) are proven job generators. Exported goods and services supported 10.7 million well-paying U.S. jobs in 2016. In 2015, majority-owned U.S. affiliates of foreign companies directly employed 6.8 million Americans.

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Thank you, Jay, for that very kind introduction. Thank you, also, to SCHOTT North America for hosting us. As all of you here know, President Trump made a promise to reinvigorate manufacturing in our country. And I’m pleased to say today, that he has kept that promise. Thanks to his policies focused on rebuilding American industry, American jobs, and American prosperity, we are heading toward a...

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Thank you, Khush, for that kind introduction — and for the opportunity to be with you and your members for the launch of the new U.S.-Kuwait Business Council. It’s also my pleasure to be here with Ambassador Al Sabah. The two of us met shortly after I started my tenure as the Commerce Secretary, and we have worked together many times since. I had the honor of attending the U.S. - Kuwait Economic...

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Following the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross spent two weeks travelling to the United Kingdom, India, Singapore, and Australia to advocate for American workers and businesses, as well as to build upon the United States’ robust relationships with these nations. “Across the world, the Trump Administration is building better commercial partnerships with dozens...

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Thank you, April, for that kind introduction, and thank you for your efforts to strengthen and expand the U.S.- Australian commercial partnership. It is my pleasure to be here. After having been in London, New Delhi, and Singapore over the past week, I’m feeling a bit like Mad Max! But we know that Mad Max always prevails; and the original is still the most profitable film of all time. I just...

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Thank you, Dean, for that kind introduction. And for the opportunity to discuss the Trump Administration’s trade policy and how it fits into our long-term goals for the country. The Federalist Society has always advocated for informed debate and a commitment to our constitutional government. The overall goal of our administration fits perfectly within the Federalists’ Charter. Only by maintaining...

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