Washington, DC (CNN) While the U.K. and other major markets have embraced the new apparel trend of the global consumer, the United States has been slow to embrace it, a retired diplomat said Thursday.
The trend is “not only a threat to U.s. dominance, it is a threat that we cannot compete with,” David J. Kramer, who served as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“The United States cannot be a leader in the global apparel industry.”
“What we have to do is to become a leader,” Kramer continued.
“We need to make a concerted effort to create a global marketplace for apparel that is more inclusive of the people that wear it, more diverse and inclusive, and that doesn’t discriminate against anyone.”
In 2016, Kramer served as special assistant for global affairs to President Donald Trump, where he worked on U.N. efforts to combat climate change.
During his time in office, the U:S.
was unable to establish a formal partnership with the U., which he said was “the primary impediment” to a successful global apparel market.
Kramer has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration, particularly the travel ban on nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries.
Trump’s executive order banning travel to the U.: “It’s like we’re not in the world anymore”Trump has called for the suspension of immigration from seven Muslim majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen, which Kramer said had “caused chaos, a lot of pain.”
Kramer said that while the ban had been blocked by courts, it had not been enforced as of now and it had led to “disillusionment and a lot more anger in the communities” affected.
Kraemer’s comments come as the U.-China Free Trade Agreement has been finalized, which is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.
In addition to being a boon for U.k. clothing sales, the agreement also gives Beijing more leeway to restrict goods entering the U to comply with local laws and regulations.
A senior U.SK official told Blitzer that the U-China FreeTrade Agreement would allow China to restrict U.sk. clothing and footwear imports from the U of S, but that the companies would be able to do so at their own discretion.