Americans For Free Trade Statement On First Presidential Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C., (September 30, 2020) — Today, Americans for Free Trade spokesperson Jonathan Gold released the following statement on the presidential debate in Cleveland, OH last night.   
“During last night’s presidential debate, both candidates had the opportunity to show their support for American businesses, farmers, and workers by vowing to end the trade war and lift tariffs. Unfortunately, neither candidate used their time to highlight how tariffs and the ongoing trade war have cost Americans nearly $60 billion. While the President repeatedly attacked China as he has throughout his presidency to justify the trade war, he failed to mention that tariffs are taxes that Americans pay, not China. These taxes have been particularly harmful for businesses already struggling this year amid the economic downturn. In this final stretch of the campaign, it is critical for both candidates to commit to ending the tariffs and focus their efforts instead on policies that will help revitalize American businesses and communities and provide much-needed relief to our manufacturing and agricultural sectors.”