President Trump heavily criticized U.S. foreign trade policy during his presidential campaign.
"It's been very bad, what's happening to our country, in terms of our companies and in terms of our jobs," Trump said during a press conference.
Now that he's in the White House, Trump's getting ready to do something about it.
The press didn't actually get to see it, but Trump signed two executive orders Friday aimed at improving how the U.S. conducts trade.
Trump also directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to study the underlying causes of the U.S. trade deficit, which was about $500 billion last year.
Ross emphasized to reporters that his study will help the administration make more informed decisions on trade. Some sources of trade deficit, like U.S. oil imports, might not prompt action from the White House.
The orders come one week before Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping. China is responsible for about $347 billion of the U.S.' trade deficit.