Anyone who reads the letters to the editor experiences the fierce debate that President Trump provokes. I believe that there are at least two important principles to frame the debate. First, reasonable minds can differ about matters of policy. Second, facts matter.
For example, take the issue of global trade in which Trump has seemingly done his best to alienate our trade partners. Recently, Trump accused Germany of fostering a detrimental trade imbalance with the U.S. due to Germany’s automobile exports.
However, Trump should instead be embracing the likes of German auto makers such as BMW. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, last year BMW produced more than 400,000 cars (70 percent of which were exported) at its $7 billion plant in South Carolina. More importantly, this plant employs over 8,800 workers. American workers made BMW the top U.S. auto exporter last year.
Perhaps President Trump should inform himself of the facts before peddling a “fake” issue in the complex discussion of America’s trade policy.
Jerry H. Mann, Fresno