President Bush on Friday defended outsourcing in remarks made during his trip to India, saying that while some Americans have lost jobs, outsourcing benefits the global economy and ultimately the U.S.
“The United States will not give into the protectionists and lose these opportunities,” Bush said, referring to global economic growth. “For the sake of workers in both our countries, America will trade with confidence.”
The President’s comments came during his trip to India and Central Asia, where he is promoting the Administration’s foreign policy and establishing stronger economic ties with the world’s second most populous nation.
Bush cautioned against U.S. lawmakers from limiting global trade, especially outsourcing, which he credited with helping to lift global economic growth. Although he conceded that American workers have lost jobs because of outsourcing, he also said the broader impact is positive for both countries.
“It’s … important to remember that when someone loses a job, it’s an incredibly difficult period for the worker and their families,” Bush said in a speech in New Delhi. “It’s true that some Americans have lost jobs when their companies move their operations overseas.
“Some people believe the answer to this problem is to wall off our economy from the world through protectionist policies. I strongly disagree.”
India is increasingly the destination for companies to outsource HR services, much like the trend in call center and IT services. Bush’s comments helped alleviate fears that HRO may further suffer from political backlash in the U.S.