It is no secret that President Donald Trump supports products being made in America.

He is a strong advocate for bringing back the middle class by returning manufacturing jobs to the states. A ‘Made in America’ comeback would revive the manufacturing industry we’ve slowly been losing to other countries and boost the economy and workforce.

Recently, President Trump announced that he would introduce a 25 percent tax on imported steel and a 10 percent tax on imported aluminum. As one can imagine, this ruffled feathers in the halls of Congress.

Some members of Congress believe the president is unquestionably starting a trade war. Others believe the time to return manufacturing jobs in the rust belt and across industrial America is long overdue.

I believe President Trump is starting a conversation to ensure America remains a key player in competitive manufacturing and trade. However, we have to make sure that these tariffs do not have unintended consequences, such as making exceptions for products that cannot be made in the United States.

President Trump isn’t starting a trade war, and if you think he is—you’re blind to the fact that we are already in the middle of one. Last year, the United States grew its trade deficit to $566 billion.

The president is bringing everyone to the negotiating table. After the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last December, we now have one of the most competitive tax codes in the world.

It’s important that we use it to our advantage when it comes to trading goods with other countries. While other countries will continue to look out for their own best interests, I’m grateful President Trump is looking out for ours.

When our car manufacturers market cars in China, there is a 25 percent tariff added to the cost. This is not free or fair trade. However, China believes they shouldn’t be paying tariffs on products that come to the United States. Other countries feel similarly.

The trade deals these countries operate under are drastically in their favor. These countries want free trade when it comes to trading with the United States, but they do not extend the same to us when we try to sell products to their countries. They claim they do this in order to protect their working class. Shouldn’t we be doing the same?

President Trump is a negotiator. He was elected by the American people because he is a businessman aiming to Make America Great Again, not a politician who is loyal to a political party but is loyal to the American working class.

Our international trade deals are outdated and in need of renegotiation. This is exactly what President Trump was elected to do: negotiate a deal that works in the best interests of the American people.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) represents the second district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached through http://mullin.house.gov, and at 3109 Azalea Park Drive, Muskogee, OK, 74401, 918-687-2533 or 202-225-2701 

Did You Know?

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) will host a telephone town hall for Oklahomans at 7 p.m., Monday, March 19 CDT. The call will last approximately one hour.

“When I’m in Washington, I hold telephone town halls so that I can hear directly from my constituents about issues that matter to their families,” Mullin said. “During the event, I’ll provide an update on what’s happening in Washington, take any questions you might have, and get your feedback on the work I’m doing in Congress on your behalf. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!”

Oklahomans can dial 877-229-8493, Passcode: 111439 to join the call. Participants can also sign up to be called when the event starts by visiting https://vekeo.com/repmullin/.

Note, all telephone town halls are subject to last minute cancellation due to votes on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. In the event of a cancellation, Congressman Mullin’s Facebook and Twitter pages will provide the update.

For more information, persons interested may contact Mullin’s Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-2701.