NEWBERRY–State Rep. Rick Martin (Dist. 40–Newberry) will journey to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 3 to speak before the United States Trade Commission in defense of Samsung and hundreds of Newberry County jobs. This comes days after Martin publicly voiced opposition to proposed tariffs against the South Korean-based appliance manufacturer.
U.S.-based appliance manufacturer Whirlpool has asked the International Trade Commission to impose a 50% tariff on all washing machine imports, a move intended to stifle competition from Samsung, based in South Korea, and other foreign-based companies. The call whether to implement the recommended tariffs will ultimately be left with President Donald Trump, who will have two months to make a final decision.
Samsung, Martin, and other state leaders say that any tariff would raise prices nationally, hurt jobs at Samsung’s Newberry plant, and hinder plans to expand. In a recent interview with WIS News 10, Martin called the tariff proposals a ruse intended to stifle competition, and he invited Pres. Trump to visit Newberry before making a decision.
“I’ve invited Pres. Trump to Newberry so that he can see how much Samsung and free trade mean to our community,” Martin said. “Mr. President, you wanted to bring jobs back to the U.S. This is what Samsung’s doing for us.”
He added, “It is an extreme honor to have been invited to our nation’s capital to speak on behalf of hundreds of Newberry County jobs. Let’s nip this in the bud.”
Martin said that though he is going to Washington next month, his invitation to Pres. Trump to visit Newberry still stands.