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“To hell with that.” Biden rejects European criticism of his economic protectionism

On the day the GDP data was published, the President of the United States scheduled an event with unions in Springfield, on the outskirts of Washington, in Virginia. There he made a presentation of economic protectionism and dismissed international complaints (among them European ones) of his protectionism: “To hell with that,” he said, later laughing.

It was an environment conducive to a nationalist message to unionized industrial workers. “Where is it written that the United States cannot return to being the world leader in manufacturing? Where is it written? I don’t know where it is written. That would not be off the mark,” said the president.

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