Executive orders directing administration to examine the cause of trade imbalances with over 15 countries, including China and India is going to be signed soon by US President Donald Trump.
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Niles-area Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan accused Trump of "theatric signings of executive orders that do very little, instead of. the bold action he promised like declaring China a currency manipulator on day one or looking at ways to fix NAFTA".
"Nobody's ever made bad trade deals like our country's made", the president said.
The one of the orders will focus on a major review of the reasons behind USA ever-growing deficit, as the other will address issues of related to antidumping and countervailing duties.
Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday night that his first meeting with Mr Xi would "be a very hard one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits.and job losses".
"Thousands of factories have been stolen from our country".
White House video showed Trump entering the Oval Office to announce the orders, but leaving before actually signing any documents.
"Under my administration the theft of American prosperity will end", he said.
We are going to defend our industry and create a level playing field for the American workers.
Ross noted that China has the highest trade deficit with the United States at $347 billion.
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The pair of orders are expected a week before Mr Trump meets the Chinese president at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
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Ross argued the US has the lowest tariff rates of any developed country.
Much of that deficit data is already publicly available and well known, but Trump's initiative doubles down on his tough trade rhetoric and is being taken as a protectionist warning shot across the world.
Mr Trump spent a large part of his presidential campaign railing against the USA trade deficit and foreign trade deals.
In another executive order, Trump would instruct the Department of Homeland Security to strengthen anti-dumping rules and enforcement. Navarro said this will fortify the collection of penalties on unfairly traded foreign products.
On the other hand, Secretary Ross told the American people that the two executive orders mark the beginning of a new chapter of the country's trade relationship with its partners overseas.
To remedy the problem, the government will require those firms to provide letters of credit or cash or insurance company bonding so that there is a responsible party when the fine is levied, Ross said. "From now on, those who break the rules will face the consequences, and they'll be very severe consequences".
The officials will also review the effects on the deficits of free trade agreements that have failed to produce the benefits that were forecast, Ross said in a briefing previewing the order.
Speaking to reporters before signing the orders, Trump said the actions will "set the stage for a great revival of American manufacturing".