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Countries like Singapore stealing US jobs: Trump

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania.PHOTO: REUTERS

TAMPA (Florida) • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claims that countries such as Singapore, China, India and Mexico are stealing jobs from Americans, and vowed to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

"America has lost 70,000 factories since China entered the World Trade Organisation, another Bill and Hillary-backed disaster," he told supporters in Florida, reported the Press Trust of India. "We are living through the greatest jobs theft in the history of the world. There's never been a country that's lost jobs like we do, so stupidly, so easy to solve."

Mr Trump said Goodrich Lighting Systems laid off 255 workers and moved jobs to India, while Baxter Health Care Corporation laid off 199 workers and moved its jobs to Singapore. "It's getting worse and worse and worse," he said.

A Trump administration, he said, would impose a 35 per cent tax on any US company that wants to fire its workers and move to another country, and then shift its product back into the United States.

He also said he would immediately stop the "job-killing" TPP, calling it another disaster in the making.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2016, with the headline 'Countries like S'pore stealing US jobs: Trump'. Print Edition | Subscribe