When Donald Trump points out his accomplishments, he typically refers to the strong economy and the low unemployment rate. Critics of the administration say that while most Americans are employed, there are a large number of workers struggling to make ends meet.
The President’s trade war with China has also taken it’s toll on specific parts of the workforce. This weekend, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka appeared on Fox News with Chris Wallace. The labor chief said that the trade war is having a particularly debilitating effect on American workers.
I’ve tried to call balls and strikes with him,” said Trumka. “When he does something that’s good for workers, I say so. When he does something that’s bad for workers, I say so. And I have to say, unfortunately, while he may not even know what his administration is doing, they’ve done more things to hurt workers than they have to help them.”
The labor head also said that while the economy is strong, that’s not necessarily reaching the workers he represents. “Look, our members are still waiting for the supposed greatness of this economy to reach their kitchen tables. When they do, I’ll cheer, they’ll cheer and they’ll all support the person who helped get it there,” said Trumka.
Trumka closed the segment by giving some advice to how Trump should handle China. “If you’re going to take on China, it has to be multilateral, it has to address human rights and labor rights violations,” he said. “It has to address currency rebalancing, and it has to have a long-term slant towards good jobs in this country. That’s not been the approach, unfortunately.”
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