- “With the election behind us, it’s time that trade politics be replaced with sound trade policies. Domestic policies that build American jobs and energize the economy will go a long way to build support for future trade initiatives,” said FedEx Freight President and CEO Michael L. Ducker at the FedEx sponsored Politico event “Election Aftermath: The New Politics of Trade.”
Hundreds gathered at the Newseum in Washington, DC to hear insights into how to guide trade policy going forward and the future of trade agreements under the new Trump administration. Mr. Ducker was joined by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas), and leaders from industry, journalism and trade-focused think tanks.
“Supporting international trade is something that we at FedEx are particularly passionate about because we live it every day,” stressed Mr. Ducker. He highlighted a recent FedEx Trade Index survey that found more than 70 percent of small businesses see increasing global trade as a way to help the economy as a whole, as well as their businesses. Results of the Index also found nearly 70 percent of small business leaders said they were more likely to support trade if the U.S. provided effective job retraining. “Government and business must work better together to ensure that displaced workers are retrained and can transition to the new jobs and careers that our economy is creating.”