- The Washington Times - Friday, July 26, 2019

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Friday Democrats are an “enemy” who are “dying for a recession” so that President Trump’s economy won’t factor into the campaign.

Fox Business Network’s Charles Payne asked about predictions that the U.S. will enter another recession next year.

“There’s a research report out from Zillow where they go with their agents and analysts and they think we will have a recession next year. What do you make of that?” Mr. Payne asked.

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“The enemy keeps postponing when the recession’s going to come,” Mr. Ross said, seemingly referring to Democrats. “They are dying to have a recession. They can’t bear going into next year’s election with the economy the way that it is.”

“But you get USMCA through, that’s a half a point or thereabouts on the economy,” he said, referring to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Mr. Trump’s replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement that needs congressional approval.

“If they do hold off and don’t give it, it’s a wonderful campaign issue because they would clearly be starving the U.S. economy. Starving the U.S. workforce simply to avoid giving the president a win. That’s not a very good idea,” he said.

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