President Trump Must Make Sure Foreign Governments Play by the Rules

In his first ever address to a joint-session of Congress, President Donald Trump took a firm stand on the side of the American people. He said: “We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers… I believe strongly in free trade but it also has to be FAIR TRADE.” President Trump is right. For too long, foreign countries have taken advantage of American companies and we did little to enforce the protections of these trade deals – which is an integral part of free trade.

One industry, which is indispensable to our economy, is a prime example – the airline industry. Its importance was born on a windy day in December, 1903, when Americans made the dream of flight a reality. Orville and Wilbur Wright launched the first powered, fixed-wing aircraft. For twelve seconds and 120 feet, Orville Wright made history.

Today, more than 10 million jobs are reliant on the airline industry in the United States of America. The airline industry helps drive $1.5 trillion in economic activity. It is, truly, a cornerstone of American innovation and industriousness, but it is facing a threat.

Some nations now seek to game the open skies agreements and create an unfair advantage, putting the burgeoning U.S. airlines industry at risk – and potentially costing us hundreds of thousands of jobs. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are – in essence – plowing billions…