Retailers react to Trump’s address to Congress

President Donald Trump reacts after addressing a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

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President Donald Trump reacts after addressing a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

The National Retail Federation pledged to continue to work with Congress under President Donald Trump.

The federation released a statement encouraging economic growth and job creation in the retail sector following Trump’s address on Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress. He laid out his agenda for the coming months.

ExploreHere’s the transcript of President Trump’s speech to Congress

Retail matters to the economic strength of the nation because the industry supports one in four jobs, and contributes $2.6 trillion to the annual GDP. NRF represents discount, department, home goods and speciality stores. They also represent grocers, chain restaurants and e-commerce retailers.

“We believe the administration and Congress have a great opportunity to advance policies that help the industry and this country continue to flourish,” said David French, NRF senior vice president for government relations. “We are encouraged by the president’s commitment to rebuild and revitalize our infrastructure, reform our health care system and finally move on comprehensive tax reform.”

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In his speech, Trump addressed a loss of manufacturing jobs and spoke about restarting the “engine of the American economy.”

“We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers,” he said in his speech.

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