Dan DiMicco, Donald Trump’s trade advisor, has said that Britain will go to the front of the queue for a trade agreement if the Republican Party nominee is elected in November. The trade advisor has said that America will come to an agreement with Britain before the EU, as the decision made to leave the European Union has come about for the “right reasons“. He told the BBC, “First off they are our friends, they have always supported us, and we’ve worked together…They have lost control of their economy, the job creation engine, so why shouldn’t we be working with like-minded people before we do a deal with anybody else?”
The Trump candidacy has been in strong opposition to existing trade agreements or proposals, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). It is argued that they will negatively impact both American workers and industry. As a further part of Trump’s ‘Seven Point Plan’ to rebuild the American economy, he is advocating placing large tariffs on goods from China and Mexico, two countries he believes are responsible for America’s poor economic performance. These comments are in direct contrast to Barack Obama’s comments that Britain will be pushed to the “back of the queue” in trade negotiations if they chose to leave the European Union.