With China In Background: President Trump Hosts Roundtable Discussion of Foreign Investment Modernization Act…

It is not coincidental that three events are occurring simultaneously:  (1) U.S.T.R. Lighthizer is conducting public hearings on Section 301 impacts; (2) a Chinese trade delegation is in the U.S. to re-initiate talks; and (3) U.S. President Trump conducts a roundtable meeting with congressional leadership over the Foreign Investment Risk Review and Modernization Act.


[Transcript] 11:35 A.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much for being here this morning, and thank you to Secretary Mnuchin for joining us. And congratulations. You’re doing a great job. We appreciate it very much, Steve.

I especially want to welcome Senators John Cornyn, who has been working so hard lately, and especially at the border. We’re doing things that nobody else thought we could do with very bad legislation. Better get that legislation changed. I think we’ll get it done.

Tom Cotton, Mike Crapo, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Hensarling — I want to thank you all. This has been a tremendous thing that we’re sort of announcing today, but people are — they found out about it.

Each of you was instrumental in passing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act — so important — which was included in the National Defense Authorization Act that I signed into law earlier this month.

This new authority will enhance our ability to protect cutting-edge American technology and intellectual property vital to our national security. You’ve all been reading that intellectual property and all sorts of different things of that nature are being stolen from us by other countries. It’s going to be very hard for them to do that. We’re putting a lot of safeguards in, and we’re doing a lot of things against foreign acquisition of property, and especially where they’re near sensitive military installations.

So this was a very big deal. This was a very important deal. And the people in this room are the people that really were most instrumental in wanting it and getting it passed.

Because of our incredible achievements, other nations seek to steal, copy, or control American intellectual property. And we had very, very little safeguards up. We had, in many cases, I would say, Marco, no safeguards. And now we have probably the best there is in the world. We’ll see if that’s good enough, and if it’s not, then we will keep adding on to it.

This weakens our economy when they steal, destroys our jobs, and threatens the security of our country. I’m pleased this new legislation provides the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States greater authority when it comes to reviewing foreign ownership of American firms with critical technology and intellectual property.

And if we see something we don’t like — some country is buying something that we don’t want them to be buying — we stop it. We now have the right to stop it. They won’t be stealing our companies anymore, especially companies that are quite complex.

We will protect America’s crown jewels of intellectual property and advanced technologies from harmful foreign investments. I look forward to a productive discussion with the members of Congress here today. To a certain extent, this is a little bit of a celebration meeting, more so than a meeting, John. Right? More than a meeting on the act itself. Because we passed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act.

But we’re very proud of it. It was in the making for years, and we got it done. So I want to very much thank the people in this room. This is really the group that worked so hard to get it.

And, Mike, maybe I’d have you start off. We’ll go around the room; we’ll say a few words about what we’ve done.


THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Mike.

SENATOR CRAPO: Well, first of all, Mr. President, I appreciate the attention that you’re bringing to this issue. I don’t think that it is well known enough the intensity and the scope of efforts by other nations to steal or to simply outright purchase and access our intellectual property and our technology that’s critical for our national security.

And you’re right, this legislation updates critical procedures that we have in the United States now, in both our export controls, as well as in our Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to put us on the cutting edge to protect America’s technology, intellectual property, and ultimately our national security. So this is critically important.

And I just think it’s important that the American people realize the scope of assault on America today that is happening across this globe.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s true. That’s true. Thank you. Great job you’ve done.


SENATOR RUBIO: Yeah, Mr. President, as you know, we often talk about this, and I’m constantly thanking you for finally standing up to China after far too long of not doing it, as an American government. This is the first time since 1991 that we have a near-peer competitor in the world. It was only America and everybody else. And now we are starting to wake up to a reality that we have a near-peer competitor. And this competitor is cheating, stealing, and undermining us, using virtually every tool at their disposal. And one of them is intellectual property theft.

They steal the stuff from us, oftentimes innovated through American taxpayer investment, and then they reverse engineer it and use it for their own purposes. Because they seek to replace us in the world — not to be equal to us; to overtake us. And it’s almost too late. But finally, someone is standing up to them. And I’m grateful to your administration for making this a priority on every front — on trade, but also on national security.

And I’m glad we’re having this meeting today. And we’ll be with you every step of the way on this.

THE PRESIDENT: Great job, Marco. And I have to tell you that — and you see it; you brought it up to me the other day — so our country, since the election, we’re up $10 trillion in worth. And unfortunately — but this is the way it goes — China, over the last four months, is down about $15 trillion. We have to stop it. We can’t allow the things that were happening to happen.

And also, we can’t allow just common trade to stay the way it was — $517 billion in deficits each year. So that’s not happening anymore.

No, I think we’re going to — and as you see, we’re rising very rapidly. We’re rising. And people have said to me, it’s the first time they’ve ever seen it where the United States is like a hot country. We used to be a hot country many years ago. but now we’re the hot country again.

Everybody wants to be here. Companies are moving in. We want some of these companies to move in also, and they’re going to be now protected and we’re going to be protected that there won’t be theft of high-grade technology.

So, thank you, Marco. I appreciate it.


SENATOR CORNYN: Mr. President, under your administration, we’re finally taking the big step to address the national security threat posed by China, which has grown dramatically, as others have already said. And I believe that China represents the foremost national security and economic challenge to our country of any other country in the world —


SENATOR CORNYN: — in the long term.


SENATOR CORNYN: In the long term.

In addition, its military transformation and its belligerence in places like the South Sea — South China Sea — as Senators Crapo and Rubio have pointed out — they’ve engaged in outright theft of our intellectual property. But this addresses the problem of foreign investment made strategically to exploit gaps in the Committee on Foreign Investment, and for them to be able to acquire the know-how on intellectual property they need in order to gain access to this cutting-edge, dual-use technology.

I just want to express my appreciation to Secretary Mnuchin and Secretary Mattis, the Attorney General, Secretary Ross, and your entire administration for your partnership. We could not have gotten this done without each of these people at the table and certainly the leadership of Chairman Crapo on the Senate side and Chairman Hensarling on the House side. And just, this is a great accomplishment. Now we need to make sure it gets implemented. And that’s — I know we’re top of Secretary Mnuchin’s list to make sure it operates as Congress intended it in order to accomplish these goals.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think not enough focus has been put on China. And that’s been for a long time. And we want to have — a big focus is on Russia. Not enough focus is on China — and other countries, frankly. Not just Russia and China; it’s many countries we have to watch. And probably individuals also.

But this goes a long way. And I appreciate, very much, your words. It’s — you’ve done a great job. Thank you very much, John.


SECRETARY MNUCHIN: I appreciate the opportunity to work with everybody in this room on this important legislation. I think this is just a great example of the Senate and the House working together, giving us, at CFIUS, the new critical tools that we need to protect investments in the United States while also allowing for investments in the United States. And we will be launching the pilot program very quickly, and we look forward to full implementation of the legislation next year.

So, thank you to everybody.

THE PRESIDENT: You guys like all those cameras behind your head as you speak? (Laughter.) I’d be very, very — I’d take a long time in combing my hair if I was going to be in that seat. (Laughter.) It would take a long time.


SENATOR COTTON: Well, it’s a really good thing that the Congress now recognizes China as our chief, long-term rival. We’ve known for a long time that China has been hurting our manufacturing sector, and they’re not buying enough of our agricultural products. They discriminate against our companies. They just turned down the merger from Qualcomm, an American company, and NXP, a Dutch company. It had nothing to do with China; just to hurt the United States and our jobs here.

They’ve been conducting espionage for years. You know, you’ve noticed that their jets look a lot like our jets in our military.

THE PRESIDENT: Especially the F-22.

SENATOR COTTON: Exactly. And now they’re just outright buying our technology. You know, they don’t have to steal it so much anymore, especially if you’ve got smaller companies that have critical breakthroughs in technology or artificial intelligence, or quantum computing, what have you.

This legislation will allow us to recognize those threats for what they are, and to stop China from buying our most critical technology that we need to maintain our role as the world’s greatest superpower.

So I thank you for your support for this legislation, and thank you to all my peers around the table, and encourage Secretary Mnuchin and everyone on the Committee on Foreign Investment to take a very tough look at everything that China is doing to the United States.

THE PRESIDENT: And, Tom, you know, we’ve put a $50 billion number out there. Now, the total number is $250 billion. But of that, $50 billion has to do with technology — high tech and things. And there’s a 25-percent tax on that, now, coming in.

And I think that, economically, also helps us. This is very different, but it also helps us. And people are saying that’s already having a big effect. And it is already; we’re collecting that money. It’s a lot of money. Much of it is being collected. Some of it starts in a week. But it’s a tremendous amount of money coming into the coffers of the United States, which nobody has ever seen that before. Nobody has ever come close to seeing that before, actually.


REPRESENTATIVE HENSARLING: Thank you, Mr. President. I’m very happy to represent the House today. I don’t know what to think about the ratio. Does it take one House member to equal four senators? I don’t know. I’ll let them draw their own implications. (Laughter.)

Mr. President, I just came from doing a series of town hall meetings in the 5th District of Texas. People are enjoying — most of them — the best economy in their lifetimes. And they send their gratitude.

Your leadership on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the deregulatory agenda of this administration, has made a real difference.

But you know, and this administration knows, we’re not going to keep 3 percent-plus economic growth if our intellectual property and technology is taken from us by hook and crook, and ill-gotten gains and improper leverage.

So, with your leadership, CFIUS has been updated for the first time in a decade. Needed gaps were filled. And also, Mr. President, I wanted to just thank you for helping unite our Congress and unite our nation. Because the bill that came out of the House was almost unanimous. I think we had two or three dissenting votes. And so Congress is united to ensure that this intellectual property theft does not continue; that we stand up to all the countries that are not playing by the rules, including — and especially — China.

So I want to thank my fellow Texan in the Senate for leading here, my counterpart, Senator Crapo. I want to thank a couple of the House members who aren’t here: Robert Pittenger of North Carolina who authored, originally, the House bill, and Barr, who helped shepherd it through our committee.

And I want to thank the Secretary who played a very vital role, Mr. President, in negotiating those few differences between the House and Senate, and ensuring that we could get this into the NDAA and get your signature. So I wanted to acknowledge yourself as well.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Jeb, very much. This is really a great achievement, and I want to thank everybody in the room very much. Great job.

Thank you, everybody, very much. Thank you.


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83 Responses to With China In Background: President Trump Hosts Roundtable Discussion of Foreign Investment Modernization Act…

  1. USTerminator says:

    This is why I vote for PDJT. MAGA

    Liked by 19 people

  2. tdaly14 says:

    Wonderful news!

    Liked by 5 people

  3. mnwild1961 says:

    This is fantastic news. Too bad it will get little play in the MSM. If this action had been taken a decade ago, China most likely wouldn’t have been able to steal our tech and military secrets and would be far behind militarily and economically. Instead, they are a rising menace. Thanks to the past couple of administrations.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. annieoakley says:

    I do not know how he (PDJT) can focus on this and remember names, assignments with all the other crap swirling around him.

    Liked by 14 people

  5. ann says:

    This is good, very very good . An unmitigated pleasure to read. Thanks Sundance. Reverse of decades of theft /trade of our cutting edge R&D military tech. 🚀

    Liked by 8 people

  6. ann says:

    How about that Sam Cotton.! I’ve watched him in several nat sec forums,. The man has gravitas. Any thoughts?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Janie M. says:

      Ann, please take note of the Congressional attendees. Are they now trustworthy? Two years have elapsed since this GA meeting… some could have had a change of heart in light of President Trump’s numerous successes.

      At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump
      03/07/2016 07:22 pm ET Updated Mar 20, 2016


      Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.), who recently made news by saying he “cannot support Donald Trump.”

      Along with Ryan, the House was represented by Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (Mich.), Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas) and almost-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), sources said, along with leadership figure Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) and Diane Black (Tenn.).


      Liked by 8 people

    • Curry Worsham says:

      How ABOUT that Sam Cotton?

      Or did you mean Tom? 😉

      Liked by 3 people

  7. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “SENATOR COTTON: Well, it’s a really good thing that the Congress now recognizes China as our chief, long-term rival. We’ve known for a long time that China has been hurting our manufacturing sector….They discriminate against our companies…..just to hurt the United States and our jobs here.

    They’ve been conducting espionage for years. You know, you’ve noticed that their jets look a lot like our jets in our military.

    THE PRESIDENT: Especially the F-22.”

    I think it is way past the time to place punitive tariffs on the flood of copyright infringed merchandise that has flooded our marketplace for years. All over on-line retailers and auctions you can find knock-offs that have parts interchangeability (without the quality) with name brand items that the original manufacturer put the expense into developing and bringing to market.

    Liked by 10 people

    • USTerminator says:

      It is coming punitive tariffs on China. By this time next year that 100% of China imports will have 25% tariff. PDJT takes a measure step to allow our businesses to take steps to make products in USA or a more friendly countries. But the hammer shock is coming for China and you can count on it.

      Liked by 8 people

    • Deplorable Nazarene Zealot says:

      How about we consider our debt with all Chinese entities null and void over the ID theft and intellectual property theft. Poof the debt clock rolls back many billions or more?

      Liked by 1 person

  8. fleporeblog says:

    This was an absolute coup by our President and Secretary Mnuchin! They played this perfectly. The House and the Senate can’t begin to imagine what this will mean for the next 6+ years under our President’s Administration. China 🇨🇳 is royally screwed! China 2025 is going to be their biggest embarrassment. They are going in reverse. Their market is down nearly 30%. That percentage will continue to grow. There is nothing they can do to change their course. All the lobbying money they are spending won’t amount to anything.

    Nearly the entire House and over 80+ Senators voted in favor of this bill. That also sends a message to China 🇨🇳 that you are wasting your time lobbying. Our President was rightfully giddy about the money our country is taking in from tariffs on China 🇨🇳. In a few weeks, another $200 Billion worth of goods will be tariffed at 25%. China 🇨🇳 can only retaliate on $60 Billion worth of our exports. After that, our President will move all in with the remaining $250 Billion worth of goods imported into our country while China 🇨🇳 only has $30 Billion left to tariff on our goods.

    That is winning everyday of the week and twice on Sunday!

    Liked by 20 people

  9. CorwinAmber says:

    Darn…it’s a shame that Omarosa couldn’t have been at this meeting, because…y’know…she’s really smart and the President is…well, an idiot who yells at people and is losing his mind…or so I’ve been told…SMDH

    Liked by 5 people

  10. Rather Not says:

    I wonder if the US should consider an export to China (rather than import) tariff on US Soybeans that matches China’s ‘tariff’ on our Soybeans. Hypothetically, if they put a $2/bushel tariff on American soy, we also put a $2/bushel export tariff on American Soy going to China, and use the proceeds to subsidize American soy farmers who export. There isn’t a made in China trinket I can’t live without. But there isn’t enough Soy in the rest of the world for China’s needs. The harder they hit us, the harder they punch themselves in the face.

    Easily enough worked around (US exports our Soy to Brazil, who sells every last Brazilian bean to China), but at the cost of China paying more for its protein.

    Liked by 2 people

    • USTerminator says:

      It already happens. China is importing US soybean thru third country to avoid tariff but at higher price due to middle man cut. Back fire ultimately.

      Liked by 3 people

    • jrapdx says:

      IIRC export tariffs are unconstitutional, won’t happen. However what the President is doing will have a great impact, besides wouldn’t we want China to buy US produced soybeans, probably at “full” price due to competitive forces? I bet our farmers will be happy to accommodate customers scouring the globe for limited supplies of such commodities.

      Liked by 2 people

  11. Minnie says:

    “We will protect America’s crown jewels of intellectual property and advanced technologies from harmful foreign investments.”

    Thank you, Mr. President!

    America First 🇺🇸

    Thank you, Sundance, for the transcript.

    Liked by 5 people

    • USTerminator says:

      This law is practically shut out all Chinese investment in US market. With the US interest rate inching higher, China currency will collapse or China will deplete the foreign reserve currency to defend it. Either one will inflict pain in Chinese consumers.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. zooamerica says:

    President Trump is indeed OUR VOICE. I absolutely LOVE this amazing man.

    The People love him so much. With so much love comes hate and negativity.

    Just remember, President Trump is The Lion playing around with government and media mice.

    The Angels above are telling us, “Keep kicking ass and WINNING!”

    The Power of Positive Thinking always wins.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. James Street says:

    One anticipated impact of “Trump’s Trade War with China” is west coast housing. In an article a year or two ago in the Seattle press one real estate agent reported 20 of her last 20 home sales were to citizens of China, mostly paying cash. This decreases the availability and increases the cost of homes to Americans.

    I’m not sure if it’s related but in the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed significantly more homes on the market in Seattle than any time in the last few years.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. zooamerica says:

    President Trump could make a great deal that helps China and America, but no matter how good the deal is….

    China’s economy is going to implode regardless of the deal as a matter of simple economics…

    What matters most is what happens after China’s economy goes bust.

    China’s stock market is down 30% in the past few months – basically ever since the tariffs were added into the market equation.

    President Trump and his KILLER economic team have exposed the underbelly of China’s communist controlled economy.

    The cost of all of those ghost cities and China’s tremendous military buildup is going to collapse their economy.

    Factor in the tariffs – they’re basically a catalyst for the inevitable breakdown of China.

    China has no leverage. Their entire system of government is at risk of falling apart.

    There’s a BIG reason why Tim Cook and Apple are coming back to America…

    China DESPERATELY needs America’s help right now.

    The GREATEST DEAL of ALL DEALS is likely taking place as we speak.

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Beigun says:

    Permitting China into the WTO without fixing the perineal trade deficits with Japan and Korea was akin to going to war in Iraq before the job was done in Afghanistan. In both cases the USA doubled down on bad policy, leading to 17 years of incessant war and the loss of 70,000 factories. America’s Middle Class became a minority and Vets were committing suicide at 20+ per day (those numbers match most KIA years of the Vietnam War). No wonder a disrupter was elected President!

    The US has an Asia trade problem, not just with China.

    60 consecutive years of trade deficits with Japan
    30 consecutive years of trade deficits with Korea
    20 consecutive years of trade deficits with China

    Open the aperture a bit. Korea and Japan will have the same trade deals based of Reciprocity.

    Liked by 3 people

    • ann says:

      Great summary, Beijun.


    • America First says:

      Can’t read this post and not wonder how our politicians were willing to trade away America for 60 years to the tune of $21 Trillion. Can they possibly be fellow Americans? And when was enough going to be enough?

      Liked by 2 people

      • iwasthere says:

        Well yeah? The Swamp is about the Swamp. You don’t get the big bucks from the NGO’s by being America First? What else do you have to sell? Except America down the river?


  16. CNN_sucks says:

    Yeay. Pure MAGA.


  17. 2packs4sure says:

    Well,,,,,,,, Trump is ok, but he doesn’t have the business savoy and leadership skills of Obama or Hillary………
    WAIT !
    I may have just had a stroke.
    Yep,, a stroke I’ve had Yoda.
    Never mind.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. progpoker says:

    I LOL’ed reading that transcript when I saw Jeb?

    I was so used to seeing Jeb!

    Did a double take, for sure!! 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  19. iwasthere says:

    Now repeal the AIA (America Invents Act) – a Google bought and paid for lobby effort that created a private Kings Privy Court (which one would think our great Revolution abolished forever!) at USPTO. For those of you who don’t know, this new King’s Privy Court was recently affirmed 7-2 with Gorsuch in dissent. https://cpip.gmu.edu/2018/04/24/statement-of-professor-adam-mossoff-on-oil-states-v-greenes-energy/ In other words, it’s a Star Chamber that voids every patent asserted against Google and has about a 90% kill rate. Just name another Federal Agency that voids 90% of its work product if you have the money to challenge that work product.

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  20. Donna in Oregon says:

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is a Silicon Valley law firm. Those from Silicon Valley will know them… Big into Apple, etc. Here is their 1 page Client Advisory:

    CFIUS Reform Legislation:
    Four Early Questions Investors and Companies Need to Ask

    Here is what they put out over the CFIUS changes:


    Liked by 1 person

  21. Aunt Clara says:

    All I want to know is WHAT IS GOING TO BE DONE?? I am so frustrated at this point!


  22. LafnH20 says:

    Thank You, SD, for the timely “cut off” on the video above.

    Love these “Board” meetings.
    So very open.
    Informative and uplifting.

    Almost a “Fireside” chat.. kinda thing.


    🇺🇸VOTE 🇺🇸

    Liked by 1 person

  23. David R. Graham says:

    Deflating the Red Dragon is the key to deflating the American Left. The latter, like a typhoon, draws its energy from the warm, turgid waters of the former. Think Krugman, Friedman, NYT. Without China stirring their anti-Christian animus (they lost The Soviet already), they are impotent. Deflate the Red Dragon (China) and win the midterms and beyond. That is how to avert the crisis that threatens to overwhelm humanity.

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  24. MVW says:

    After EMC2 proved ‘Grad’s Conjecture’ on Fusion Plasma containment, KEY, Navy funding was cut?! Small $ for ship power plant replacement for tricky, Hi $capital Nuclear Fission power or logistics nightmare-Fossil power.


    Looking for $, project’s up for grabs after US $ cut & who’s buying? ENN, April 19-20, 2018, Langfang, CHINA.


  25. I’m sure I’m going to get flack for saying so, but I thought POTUS seemed tired.


  26. Pyrthroes says:

    Given such widely publicized, first-hand Trump productions, we simply cannot believe that Midterms 2018 will cough up a House majority of purblind, scuttering Rat kleptarchs.

    What the sadsack “Democratic Socialist” cohort of so-called Millennials cannot conceive is that they as debased, wishful-thinking ideologues have already dealt themselves out of any leading roll to c. AD 2040.

    Fuss and bluster as they will, this baseline Idiocracy –think Bernie and Mde. Coco-loco– faces an upper quintile pf long pent-up, frustrated American patriots and realists whose great goal in life will be to Eat Rats’ Lunch.


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