"Our government has laws on the books that can crack down on countries using slave labor and keep those products out of our market, but it will require an unwavering commitment to tough trade enforcement...It’s an opportunity to stand up for what’s right around the world and protect American jobs and wages at the same time."
"One of the most important things, including in the competition with China, is that innovation and R&D have to be a central part of our response…it's critical for manufacturers in my state that USTR advance and defend strong intellectual property rules in our trade agreements and in global fora like the World Trade Organization."
"The United States does not just lose potential opportunities when its leaders fail to engage appropriately on trade. Our businesses and workers lose ground here at home, in every state. This is why the United States needs an effective USTR to tear down trade barriers and confront abusive trade practices."
"In those [trade]…treaties, with Mexico, for example, Central America, we have certain labor standards and environmental standards we expect them to adhere to and [that] we enforce. China does not enforce those. And with that lack of enforcement, it turns out to be an expense, an avoided expense, to further subsidize somebody moving from Mexico or Guatemala, moving their factory to China.”
“Our enforcement mechanisms built into our trade agreements give [Ambassador-designate Tai] the tools she needs to hold our trading partners to account. I know she will insist the countries abide by their obligations. Whether it’s making sure China complies with its obligations in the Phase One agreement, addressing blatant revenue grabs of various trading partners through the use of digital services taxes, or challenging Mexican and Canadian practices that violate USMCA, I am confident she will not only be watching but acting.”
"As President, I will develop a comprehensive strategy to aggressively enforce our [trade] laws in an effective way whenever it is needed. Critically, I will also look at what new approaches and tools are needed to combat unfair trade practices jeopardizing production and jobs here and to gain access for our products in other markets. We must address the continuous efforts to evade and circumvent our trade laws and undermine the effectiveness of our trade cases."
"If there’s one thing that’s bipartisan, it’s enforcement."
“I think intellectual property really is the heart of manufacturing for the next generation. And if you don't develop it and if you don't protect it, then you're going to fall behind very, very quickly… fortunately, the United States does have good protection of intellectual property."
"We work in all of our trade agreements to have state-of-the-art obligations that are enforceable to protect intellectual property. We have those laws in the United States and we try to protect them.”
"Congress will continue to insist that [trade] rules remain enforceable and applied as written.”
"The administration has to hit the ground running on trade law enforcement on day one. There are few other areas where American businesses, producers, and workers need more information and more certainty as [USMCA] heads into effect.”
"We're going to enforce every single agreement. We're going to create new mechanisms where necessary to make sure that we have actual enforcement across the board in everything we do…"