The GOP Platform Committee has adopted tough “America First” language on trade, illegal immigration and China relations.
In a significant nod towards presumptive nominee Donald Trump, the 112 GOP delegates who make up the Republican Platform Committee are writing the party’s new platform to primarily align with many of the policies Trump has campaigned on, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The Trump campaign posted excerpts from the article that specifically recognize where the GOP is moving over to Trump’s positions:
“We need better negotiated trade agreements that put America first,” the platform reads. “We cannot allow foreign governments to limit American access to their markets while stealing our designs, patents, brands, know-how and technology.”
GOP delegates also adopted tough platform language on immigration, calling for a five-year prison sentence for any undocumented immigrant caught trying to return to the country illegally after being deported. …
Subcommittee delegates altered the language to call specifically for a wall, as Mr. Trump has proposed.
The platform also states that refugees who “cannot be carefully vetted cannot be admitted to the country, especially those whose homelands have been the breeding grounds for terrorism.” Mr. Trump has called for forbidding Syrian refugees from entering from the U.S. …
“We cannot allow China to continue its currency manipulation, exclusion of U.S. products from government purchases, and subsidization of Chinese companies to thwart American imports,” the new platform states.
Kelly Armstrong, a Platform Committee member and delegate from North Dakota, told The Hill, “I support the presumptive nominee, and so putting language in there to support his proposals is a good idea.”
“By the time we leave the Platform Committee meeting and by the time Republican delegates leave Cleveland, we’ll go home united and ready to support Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, a delegate on the committee.