Donald Trump formally gave his acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The 75-minute speech overtly emphasized that as our leader, regardless of issue, he will put America first. He listed citizens’ safety and job-creation as top priorities.
Trump expressed his disapproval of current trade agreements, promising to improve them in a way that benefits American business and not at the expense of losing our freedom to foreign governments. He declared that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will destroy manufacturing in the U.S. and that he will instead make individual deals with individual countries, noting his successful background as a businessman. Trump reiterated that his new trade negotiations would create jobs rather than overlooking value of the American worker.
“America has lost nearly one-third of its manufacturing jobs since 1997 following the enactment of disastrous trade deals supported by Bill and Hillary Clinton,” said Trump. He also referred to American manufacturers as “the forgotten men and women of our country.” Trump mentioned excessive regulations being a “job-killer,” planning to lift heavy restrictions and support “job-creating economic activity.”
Trump also called for greater law and order enforcement in his speech, noting that children from high-crime areas such as Chicago, Detroit and Ferguson deserve just as great a chance as everyone else. In specific incidents like Ferguson, maintaining law enforcement would have also been good for business.
Overall, Trump vowed to serve the country by squashing unfavorable deals and enacting new policies that could really benefit the business climate in the U.S.
View the full speech here.