Free trade became one of the biggest issues in the U.S. presidential campaign, when Donald Trump called NAFTA and other trade agreements a “disaster.” That’s in stark contrast to the Republican Party’s traditional support for free trade. Now many hope he can deliver on his promise to bring back the manufacturing plants and businesses that moved abroad.
CCTV America’s Roza Kazan reports.
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Supporters hope Trump can deliver on promise to save jobsFree trade became one of the biggest issues in the U.S. presidential campaign, when Donald Trump called NAFTA and other trade agreements a "disaster." That's in stark contrast to the Republican Party's traditional support for free trade. Now many hope he can deliver on his promise to bring back the manufacturing plants and businesses that moved abroad. CCTV America's Roza Kazan reports.
A promise then U.S. Republican candidate, now President-elect, Donald Trump, made to the American people is to bring back jobs that he said were destroyed by free trade.
Hopes are running high now in Indiana, which stands to lose two thousand workers when Carrier closes two plants and move jobs to Mexico.
Carrier’s announcement sparked anger and fear that finding another job here with similar benefits and a good salary will be next to impossible.
For millions across the so-called Rust Belt – where once thriving industrial cities turned into ghost-towns after factories closed and jobs moved abroad.
Chuck Jones, the head of a local steelworkers union, believes even if Trump wanted to change America’s trade deals, he would face opposition from lawmakers.
But some say voting for Trump was the only option.
Candidate Trump blasted free trade agreements throughout his presidential campaign and promised to renegotiate them if elected. Many here now want President Trump to keep that promise.
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