Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave an important trade speech in front of what appeared to be a wall of garbage on June 28 in Monessen, Pennsylvania (video below).
During his speech, Trump said there were seven steps that he would do to bring jobs back to America.
"Number one, I am going to withdraw the United Straights from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has not yet been ratified," Trump said.
The gaffe brought mockery on Twitter, notes Mediaite.com:
"'I'm going to withdraw the United Straights' is probably good a description of Trumpian domestic policy, too."
"Omg Trump is such a bad Teleprompter reader that he just misread 'United States' as 'United Straights.'"
"Aha, a loophole: He's going to withdraw the United Straits from the TPP, no word on what he'll do about the United States."
"My favorite United Straits song is 'Money for Nothing.'"
Trump also mentioned re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico and designating China as a currency manipulator, notes The Wall Street Journal.
"Any country that devalues their currency in order to take advantage of the United States will be met with sharply," Trump added.
Trump also promised "to instruct the U.S. trade representative to bring trade cases against China, both in this country and at the [World Trade Organization]. China’s unfair subsidy behavior is prohibited by the terms of its entrance to the WTO, and I intend to enforce those rules."
In addition to slamming China, Trump fondly recalled America's economic policy in the 1700s, long before multi-national corporations existed.
"Our original Constitution did not even have an income tax," Trump saidd. "Instead, it had tariffs — emphasizing taxation of foreign, not domestic, production. Yet today, 240 years after the revolution, we have turned things completely upside-down."
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Trump's proposed policies would destroy 3.5 million U.S. jobs and bring Americans "higher prices" and "a weaker economy."