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Bolster the U.S. Military Presence in the East and South China Seas

"Strengthen our negotiating position by lowering our corporate tax rate to keep American companies and jobs here at home, attacking our debt and deficit so China cannot use financial blackmail against us, and bolstering the U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas to discourage Chinese adventurism."

- Trump's U.S. - China Trade Relationship Action Plan

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Eliminate National Debt in 8 Years

"We’ve got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt....  I would say over a period of eight years.... The power is trade. Our deals are so bad."

- Donald Trump interview with Bob Woodward, April 2016

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End Foreign Trading Abuses that Unfairly Impact American Workers

"I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers:
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FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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End Offshoring of Jobs

"Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free." 
- Part of Trump's End The Offshoring Act

"If I was president, I’d say, “Congratulations. I understand that you’re building a nice $2.5 billion car factory in Mexico and that you’re going to take your cars and sell them to the United States zero tax, just flow them across the border.” And you say to yourself, “How does that help us,” right? “How does that help us? Where is that good”? It’s not. So I would say, “Congratulations. That’s the good news. Let me give you the bad news. Every car and every truck and every part manufactured in this plant that comes across the border, we’re going to charge you a 35-percent tax, and that tax is going to be paid simultaneously with the transaction, and that’s it." 
- Donald Trump's presidential announcement speech, June 2015

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Impose Tariffs on Chinese Imports

"The only power that we have with China, is massive trade... I would do a tariff, yes — and they do it to us.... I would do a tax. and the tax, let me tell you what the tax should be … the tax should be 45 percent" 
- Donald Trump interview with The New York Times, January 2016

"The 45 percent is a threat that if they don't behave, if they don't follow the rules and regulations so that we can have it equal on both sides, we will tax you. It doesn't have to be 45, it could be less. But it has to be something because our country and our trade and our deals and most importantly our jobs are going to hell." 
- Donald Trump at the Republican Debate, March 2016

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Initiate Trade Complaints Against China

"Instruct the U.S. Trade Representative to bring trade cases against China, both in this country and at the WTO. China's unfair subsidy behavior is prohibited by the terms of its entrance to the WTO."

- Position Statement

"China respects strength and by letting them take advantage of us economically, which they are doing like never before, we have lost all of their respect."

- Donald Trump foreign policy speech, April 2016

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Introduce End The Offshoring Act

"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
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2. End The Offshoring Act Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Label China a Currency Manipulator

"I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers:
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THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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No Blanket Trade Agreements

"I don't mind making agreements, but we shouldn't make agreements with 12 countries... We should make agreements with one-on-one."

"If somebody treats us well, we make a trade agreement, and I'll have the best negotiators in the world make a fair agreement.... I don't want to be tied up: If 'Country A' does this and if 'Country C' does that, then 'Country D' will be able to come to -- nobody knows what the hell is going on. And the bad countries, countries that haven't treated us well, benefit because they get the benefit of what the good countries are getting. So everybody is taking advantage."

- Donald Trump speech, South Bend, IN, May 2016

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Protect Domestic Agriculture

"As President, he will fight for American farmers and their families. Mr. Trump knows that American farmers are the best in the world at growing the food and other products that people need to flourish. He knows that growing our Ag sector and supporting our nation’s farmers and ranchers are absolutely critical to making America great again.... All segments of the agriculture industry will have a say in the development of any legislation or rule making done or supported by the executive branch." 
- Statement from Trump's Agriculture Team, November 2016

"As president, I will be an aggressive proponent for defending the economic interests of American workers and farmers on the world stage. I will fight against unfair trade deals and foreign trade practices that disadvantage the United States. I strongly oppose TPP as drafted and will work hard to develop trade agreements that are in the national interest and benefit American workers, including our farmers." 
- Trump response to Penton Agriculture survey of presidential candidates

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Renegotiate or Withdraw from NAFTA

"I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers:
FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

"I am going to renegotiate NAFTA. And if I can't make a great deal -- then we're going to terminate NAFTA and we're going to create new deals. We're going to have trade, but we're going -- we're going to terminate it, we're going to make a great trade deal."

- Donald Trump, Third Presidential Debate, Oct 2016

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Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

"I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers:
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SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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