Don't worry: a White House official said Trump signed the orders later, so the ceremony wasn't entirely for nothing.
President Trump gathered the press on Friday to sign two new executive orders on trade.
"It's been very bad what's been happening to our country in terms of our companies and in terms of our jobs, so we're going to start turning it around", Trump continued. A White House official said he signed the orders later.
Trump also directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to study the underlying causes of the USA trade deficit, which was about $500 billion past year. That's right: Trump held an executive order signing ceremony without signing any executive orders.
The annual trade barriers list from the U.S. Trade Representative´s (USTR) office sets up more areas of potential irritation for the first face-to-face meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping next week in Florida. Trump paused, and after a brief exchange with Pence - which is sadly inaudible in the video posted by the White House - the president left the room.
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The agency was relying on scientific studies that directly measured the immediate effect of chlorpyrifos on the nervous system. That order had been prompted by petitions from environmental groups, including Earthjustice, to ban chlorpyrifos.
"It will demonstrate the administration's intention not to hip shoot, not to do anything casual, not to do anything abruptly, but to take a very measured and analytical approach", said Ross, adding that the administration might take actions before the report has been fully compiled.
Advisers to Trump cautioned that the executive orders were not specifically directed at China, but noted on a call with reporters Thursday that the country is the U.S.'s biggest single trade partner and accounts for the largest percentage of the trade deficit.
China maintains that the China-U.S. trade imbalance is mostly the result of differences between the economic structures and development stages of the two countries.
He said the study would focus on those countries that have chronic goods trade surpluses with the United States.
Ross took pains to say that currency misalignment was not the same as manipulation, and only the U.S. Treasury could define currency manipulation.
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He said that the results of the report could lead the administration to find solutions about how to reduce trade deficits by increasing United States exports. It said that, as of May 2015, about 2.3 billion dollars in anti-dumping and countervailing duties owed to the USA government remained uncollected.
"I don't think it's a surprise to anybody in terms of we've got both national security issues in terms of our political posture towards North Korea, the threat of a missile that extends further and further, the tests that they're using, their nuclear capability. American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives".
At the same time, the United States lost about $2.8 billion in duties since 2001, National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro said on Thursday.
But Navarro declined to comment, insisting, "We're not here for tweets". And the order on trade duties appears to duplicate the standards of a trade enforcement act signed into law by then-President Barack Obama in 2016, according to congressional staffers. But foreign trade has also created savings by USA consumers for helping to reduce prices for clothing, cars and furniture, among other items.
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However, countries including Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have also claimed certain parts of the region. Li's five-day visit to Australia and New Zealand, which began on Wednesday, is the first by a Chinese premier in 11 years.