A document going around the White House claims that a manufacturing decline can lead to abortion and higher divorce rates, according to a Tuesday report.
The Washington Post obtained a document allegedly prepared by Peter Navarro, the director of White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, on the consequences of a decline in manufacturing.
Two sources familiar with the situation confirmed the veracity of the document to WaPo and told the outlet that the circulating document had other White House officials worried. The two-page document deals with a “weakened manufacturing base” and how that might result in “lost jobs,” “depressed wages,” and “closed factories.”
The document also listed “Higher Divorce Rate,” “Increased Drug/Opioid Use,” “Rising Mortality Rate,” and “Higher Abortion Rate” as the “socioeconomic costs” of a manufacturing decline.
Two sources told WaPo that some officials in the White House were concerned over the document as the Trump administration is deciding its trade policy and working on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations.
Trump has previously said that he would terminate NAFTA if the negotiations with Canada and Mexico don’t satisfy him.
“Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal. I think we’ll probably end up terminating NAFTA at some point,” Trump said, adding, “I personally don’t think you can make a deal without a termination.”
“We don’t comment on purported internal documents,” a White House official told WaPo anonymously.”The President is working hard on behalf of the American people to make sure our trade agreements are free and fair and benefit the American worker.”
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