7. First look: U.S. Chamber warns on U.S. posture
Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is using his annual "State of American Business" today for an implicit rebuke of the Trump administration's inward-looking posture:
- "[A]uthoritarian regimes are on the rise across the globe."
- "The U.S. and our allies spent the last 70 years working to expand democracy and freedom."
- "Today, we face the task of rebuilding domestic consensus for supporting democracy abroad."
"We must ... reaffirm and modernize multilateral and regional organizations and cooperative arrangements — such as the WTO, NATO, the EU, and others."
- "Let’s not lose sight of the extraordinary prosperity and peace they’ve provided for three quarters of a century."
"Second, and closely related, free speech is under assault at home and abroad."
- "When governments move from regulating conduct to regulating or even suppressing opinion, a dangerous line has been crossed."
"Third, ... the misuse of technology and data by even a few bad actors is dangerous and invites the very thing I warned about last year — a techlash."
- "And then you risk strangling the goose that laid the golden egg with overregulation."
Watch the speech live at 9:30 a.m. ET.