President Trump pledged to foreign leaders that he will “always put America first” in all future trade negotiations, telling a global summit in Asia that previous President’s refused to address the US trade imbalance, but he will.
The President delivered his address to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Danang, Vietnam on Friday, vowing to strike trade deals with other nations that are “mutually beneficial” to both nations.
“I expressed our strong desire to work with China to achieve a trading relationship that is conducted on a truly fair and equal basis. The current trade imbalance is not acceptable. I do not blame China or any other country -of which there are many- for taking advantage of the United States on trade,” said Trump.
“I wish previous administrations in my country saw what was happening and did something about it. They did not, but I will,” he added. “From this day forward we will compete on a fair and equal basis. We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore.”
“I am always going to put America first the same way I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first,” said the President. “That is the message I am here to deliver.”
Watch Trump in Asia above.