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Trump Forgets To Sign Executive Orders On Trade (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder

After President Donald Trump announced on March 31 two new executive orders on trade enforcement, he left the Oval Office without signing them (video below).

The White House uploaded video of the event to YouTube, in which Trump gives a speech on unfair trade policies affecting citizens of the U.S.

"I saw the shuttered factories and spent time with the laid off factory workers," Trump said of his time on the campaign trail. "I heard their stories and I promised action and I promised them a solution."

He then noted a trade deficit of more than $700 billion in 2016, and that it cost "lots of jobs."

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"Under my administration, the theft of American prosperity will end," Trump continued. "We're going to defend our industry and create a level playing field for the American worker."

He said the two executive orders he would sign set the stage for "a great revival of American manufacturing."

"First, I'm signing an executive order to ensure that we fully collect all duties imposed on foreign importers that cheat..."  Trump explained. "...From now on, those who break the rules will face the consequences," the president said, adding that the consequences will be "very severe."

Trump's second order calls for a "comprehensive review of America's trade deficits and all violations of trade rules that harm the United States and the workers of the United States ... led by [Commerce] Secretary Wilbur Ross."

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"Necessary and lawful action" will be taken against those who are found to have committed trade abuses, Trump said.

But Trump did not sign the two executive orders in the Oval Office, as is customary. After a reporter asked Trump a question about former national security adviser Michael Flynn was asked, the president left the room, The Hill reports.

Flynn is seeking immunity before testifying before congressional committees about Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

In it a video of the incident, Trump thanks the press for attending and then walks to the door, opens it and proceeds to leave.

Vice President Mike Pence quickly goes after him, touching Trump on the back. When Trump turns around he says something to Pence, appears to point at his desk, and does not return to the office. The door to the room closes as Trump is seen walking down the hall.

Pence then goes to Trump's desk, retrieves the executive orders, and leaves the room.

Sources: The White House/YouTube, The Hill, The White House via YouTube / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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