by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) bristled at the idea that her “economic patriotism” plan released Tuesday bore a resemblance to President Donald Trump’s protectionist policies.
The 2020 presidential candidate published a proposal Tuesday with echoes of Trump’s “America First” platform, attacking companies by name for outsourcing, and promoting exports and domestic manufacturing through U.S. currency value management. Trump has warned of the U.S. dollar becoming too strong and thus weakening the competitiveness of U.S. exports.
At a brief scrum in Detroit following her first campaign event in Michigan, Warren interrupted when asked if she felt the two political enemies resembled one another on the issue.
“No,” she said. “No, I don’t. I think that my plan is a real plan to build American jobs. My plan is not about how to help the biggest and most powerful corporations get even bigger and more powerful. This is about how we build a future in this country that doesn’t work for just a thin slice at the top. It’s about how we build a future for everyone.”
Warren, who also unveiled a $2 trillion green manufacturing plan Tuesday, said she could envision a country without fossil fuels one day.