WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) joined a bipartisan group of nineteen Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Trump concerning the continuation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). President Trump has threatened to break off the trade pact with America's ally, South Korea.
"Retracting from this South Korea trade agreement would be detrimental to American econoimc, diplomatic, and security interests," said Dent. "It's a short-sighted move that fails to take into account two key factors. First, the deal benefits both American workers and businesses, especially in terms of agricultural exports. Second, America would be sending te wrong message to our ally by backing out of our trade agreement in the midst of the ongoing North Korea threat. We cannot slight the South Korean government in this way by seemingly abandoning them," Dent stated.
The letter noted that South Korea should be held to account for its failures to completely abide by the agreement, but also extolled that the total export of U.S. goods and services to South Korea have increased by $2.1 billion since the trade agreement's inception in 2011. Moreover, the American trade merchandise deficit with Korea has declined.
"I hope that President Trump will see the benefit to staying in this agreement and also recognize the vaccuum America will create if we were to withdraw. We'll leave a void that China will be all too happy to fill," concluded Dent.
Dent was joined in signing the letter by two other Pennsylvania representatives, Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-3) and Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-7).
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