- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Tuesday said he’s for putting “everything on the table” in negotiations when asked about President-elect Donald Trump’s call for a 35 percent tariff on companies that move overseas and try to sell goods back to the United States.

“I’m for us putting everything on the table in negotiations, in renegotiating NAFTA and in negotiations” with other countries, Mr. Pence said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Including the 35 percent tariff? he was asked again.

“Well, what we don’t want to do is for companies to say it costs this much to manufacture it overseas and sell it in the United States and it costs this much in taxes and regulations and other burdens to manufacture it here in the United States,” Mr. Pence said. “We [have] got to put the American worker and American jobs first.”

“But that’s a belief in the free market,” he said. “Donald Trump and I believe in the free market. We simply believe that high taxes, regulations have been driving jobs out of this country.”

Mr. Trump tweeted on Sunday that such companies that move their operations outside the country and try to sell products back to the United States would face a 35 percent tax and that they’d be able to move within the United States without any tax or tariff.

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