Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Representing the 9th District of Ohio

Kaptur Calls on Trump to Keep Promises on China and Trade

April 13, 2017
Press Release
President Trump flips on campaign promise to label China as currency manipulator, continues to ignore the plight of American workers

TOLEDO, OH — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today called on President Trump to uphold his campaign promise to label China as a currency manipulator and address the impact that the trade deficit has had on American workers. Throughout his campaign and his first months in office, President Trump pledged to the American people that he would correct our China trade policy and declared that this was essential to delivering on two other promises—to reduce our massive trade deficit and to ‘bring back’ American manufacturing jobs. However, in an interview yesterday, President Trump publicly reneged on his promise to label China as a currency manipulator.

“The President continues to reverse his get-tough-on-China trade talk at the expense of America's workers,” said Kaptur. “Lorain Ohio’s steelworkers have become just the latest casualties to suffer at the hands of China’s manipulated currency and the dumping of steel on our shores. Ohio needs more than lip service on trade and jobs. The President promised action on China's unfair trade policies and he should keep that promise.”

In March 2017, Kaptur along with Ohio U.S. Senators Brown and Portman invited Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to visit Lorain, Ohio to meet with steelworkers and steel companies to see the impact of unfair trade on Ohio’s manufacturing sector.

On April 5, 2017, 90 Members of the House of Representatives, including Kaptur, signed a letter to President Trump demanding that he fix the failed policies on trade with China. The full letter is available here:PDF iconHouse Democrats China Trade Letter to Trump 4.5.17.pdf