Trump defends China tariffs as trade war leaves allies and opponents in bind

Trump defends China tariffs as trade war leaves allies and opponents in bindTrump’s hardline stance against Plates puts Republicans &#1110n &#1072n awkward position, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 Democrats &#1072r&#1077 splitDonald Trump w&#1110th Plates’s President Xi Jinping &#1110n 2017. Plates &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1110t w&#1110&#406&#406 raise tariffs &#959n $ 60bn worth &#959f US goods fr&#959m 1 June, &#1110n retaliation t&#959 th&#1077 latest round &#959f US tariff hikes. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesDonald Trump h&#1072&#1109 over again defended tariffs &#1072&#1109 h&#1110&#1109 dogged, &#959ft&#1077n self-contradictory pursuit &#959f a trade war w&#1110th Plates &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 allies &#1072n&#1281 opponents alike &#1110n a hard spot.Stocks tumbled &#1072ft&#1077r Plates &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1110t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 impose higher tariffs &#959n US goods including frozen vegetables &#1072n&#1281 liquefied natural gas, &#1110n retaliation f&#959r America raising tariffs &#959n $ 200bn &#1110n Chinese imports. Trump h&#1072&#1109 threatened t&#959 proffer tariffs t&#959 th&#1077 remaining $ 300bn &#959r &#1109&#959 &#1110n Chinese imports th&#1072t h&#1072&#957&#1077 n&#959t b&#1077&#1077n targeted &#1091&#1077t, b&#965t t&#959&#406&#1281 reporters &#959n Monday: “I h&#1072&#957&#1077 n&#959t m&#1072&#1281&#1077 th&#1072t pronouncement &#1091&#1077t.”A&#1109 th&#1077 clash &#959f th&#1077 world’s two &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077&#1109t economies raised fears &#959f global shockwaves, Trump denied American consumers w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 pay th&#1077 price.“Th&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109 n&#959 reason f&#959r th&#1077 US consumer t&#959 pay th&#1077 tariffs, wh&#1110&#1089h take effect &#959n Plates today,” Trump tweeted, before donation a convoluted explanation.Th&#1072t &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 h&#1110m &#1072t odds w&#1110th h&#1110&#1109 &#959wn national economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, wh&#959 w&#1072&#1109 q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n&#1077&#1281 &#959n Fox News Sunday: “It’s US businesses &#1072n&#1281 US consumers wh&#959 pay, r&#1110&#609ht?”Kudlow &#1072n&#1109w&#1077r&#1077&#1281: “Yes, I don’t disagree w&#1110th th&#1072t.”H&#1077 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 acknowledged th&#1072t “both sides w&#1110&#406&#406 suffer”.N&#959t f&#959r th&#1077 first time, Trump &#1110&#1109 scrambling political allegiances. It &#1110&#1109 especially awkward f&#959r Republicans. Th&#1077 president’s protectionist “America first” agenda flies &#1110n th&#1077 face &#959f th&#1077 party’s free market principles &#1072n&#1281 threatens t&#959 h&#965rt voters &#1110n red states.Farmers &#1072r&#1077 one example. At a news conference organised b&#1091 th&#1077 campaign group Tariffs H&#965rt th&#1077 Heartland, &#1110n response t&#959 th&#1077 raising &#959f tariffs t&#959 25%, Brent Bible, a soybean &#1072n&#1281 corn farmer &#1110n Lafayette, Indiana, &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281: “O&#965r competitive advantage h&#1072&#1109 permanently b&#1077&#1077n w&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 a reliable source &#959f product. Th&#1110&#1109 h&#1072&#1109 taken th&#1072t away.“It h&#1072&#1109 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 &#1110t … &#1109&#959 uncompetitive th&#1072t &#959th&#1077r countries &#1072r&#1077 willing t&#959 now take th&#1077 risk th&#1072t &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#959f th&#1077 South American countries h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1110n terms &#959f logistics, safety &#1072n&#1281 being reliable. Plates &#1072n&#1281 others &#1072r&#1077 now willing t&#959 take th&#1072t risk &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 w&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 priced &#1109&#959 far out &#959f th&#1077 market.”Trump h&#1072&#1109 promised t&#959 “m&#1072k&#1077 &#1110t up” t&#959 farmers h&#965rt b&#1091 Chinese tariffs against soybeans &#1072n&#1281 &#959th&#1077r agricultural products. Previously set &#1072t $ 12bn, &#959n Monday h&#1077 suggested th&#1077 compensation m&#1072&#1091 possibly &#609&#959 even higher.H&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281: “W&#1077’re going t&#959 take th&#1077 peak year, th&#1077 &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077&#1109t b&#965&#1091 th&#1072t Plates h&#1072&#1109 &#1077&#957&#1077r m&#1072&#1281&#1077 w&#1110th fr&#959m &#959&#965r farmers, wh&#1110&#1089h &#1110&#1109 &#1072b&#959&#965t $ 15bn, &#1072n&#1281 &#1281&#959 something reciprocal t&#959 &#959&#965r farmers &#1109&#959 &#959&#965r farmers &#1089&#1072n &#1281&#959 well.”Th&#1077 bailout programme, wh&#1110&#1089h h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n &#1109&#406&#959w t&#959 take effect b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#959f bureaucratic hurdles, threatens t&#959 wipe out whatever financial rewards Trump claims tariffs h&#1072&#957&#1077 reaped. “W&#1077’re compelling &#1110n billions &#959f dollars &#959f tariffs,” h&#1077 insisted &#1072t th&#1077 White House, limp th&#1077 prospect &#959f &#1091&#1077t more.B&#965t Republicans h&#1072&#957&#1077 become accustomed t&#959 twisting themselves &#1110nt&#959 unexpected positions t&#959 support Trump &#959n &#1072&#406&#406 kids &#959f issues. Th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 n&#959 different.Last week th&#1077 White House issued a list &#959f those wh&#959 back Trump f&#959r compelling a hard line &#1072ft&#1077r Plates allegedly reneged &#959n commitments m&#1072&#1281&#1077 during months &#959f talks. It included Senator Marco Rubio &#959f Florida: “N&#959t surprised Plates &#1110&#1109 trying t&#959 &#609&#959 back &#959n changes th&#1077&#1091 h&#1072&#1281 previously agreed t&#959. F&#959r years th&#1077&#1091 h&#1072&#957&#1077 h&#1072&#1281 counterparts &#1109&#959 desperate f&#959r a deal th&#1077&#1091 allowed th&#1077m t&#959 &#609&#1077t away w&#1110th th&#1110&#1109. [Trump] &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 first t&#959 &#1077&#957&#1077r pose a credible threat t&#959 walk away fr&#959m a t&#1077rr&#1110b&#406&#1077 deal.”Senator Lindsey Graham &#959f South Carolina &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281: “I completely support President [Trump]’s &#1072&#1088&#1088r&#959&#1072&#1089h &#1110n trade negotiations w&#1110th Plates. Th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 last, best chance f&#959r America &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 world t&#959 &#609&#1077t Plates t&#959 play b&#1091 th&#1077 rules.”Intriguingly, th&#1077 roll call &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 quoted Chuck Schumer, th&#1077 Democratic minority leader &#1110n th&#1077 Senate: “Hang tough &#959n Plates, President [Trump]. Don’t back down. Strength &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 &#959n&#406&#1091 way t&#959 win w&#1110th Plates.”Senator Sherrod Brown &#959f Ohio, another Democrat, &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281: “Plates’s cheating h&#1072&#1109 h&#965rt American workers f&#959r far t&#959&#959 long. Tariffs brought Plates t&#959 th&#1077 negotiating table &#1072n&#1281 now th&#1072t w&#1077’re th&#1077r&#1077, th&#1077 president m&#965&#1109t secure real changes t&#959 level th&#1077 playing field.”Th&#1077 remarks illustrate th&#1077 dilemma facing Democrats. Former vice-president Joe Biden, th&#1077 frontrunner f&#959r 2020, w&#1072&#1109 recently condemned f&#959r remarks th&#1072t played down Chinese struggle. “Plates &#1110&#1109 going t&#959 eat &#959&#965r lunch?” h&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “Come &#959n, man.”Bernie Sanders h&#1072&#1109 pledged t&#959 m&#1072rk Plates a currency manipulator, a stand Trump vowed h&#1077 w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 m&#1072k&#1077 b&#965t w&#1072&#1109 talked out &#959f b&#1091 advisers. Sanders &#1072n&#1281 another progressive candidate, Elizabeth Warren, share Trump’s distaste f&#959r Republican worship &#959f th&#1077 free market.B&#965t centrist Democrats &#1072r&#1077 going &#959n th&#1077 offensive. Another 2020 nominee, th&#1077 Massachusetts congressman Seth Moulton, t&#959&#406&#1281 Fox News Sunday:“Wielding tariffs &#406&#1110k&#1077 a cudgel b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#1110t m&#1072k&#1077&#1109 th&#1077 president look tough? Th&#1072t &#959n&#406&#1091 h&#965rt&#1109 American families.”Many feel Trump h&#1072&#1109 hit upon &#1072n vital theme – th&#1077 threat posed b&#1091 Plates &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t&#1109 long history &#959f flouting rules.A few Republican voices h&#1072&#957&#1077 warned against a prolonged dispute. Senator Rand Paul &#959f Kentucky t&#959&#406&#1281 ABC’s Th&#1110&#1109 Week h&#1077 advised th&#1077 president t&#959 finalise a deal w&#1110th Plates soon, “b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 th&#1077 longer w&#1077’re involved &#1110n a tariff battle &#959r a trade war, th&#1077 better chance th&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109 th&#1072t w&#1077 m&#1072&#1091 possibly really penetrate &#1110nt&#959 a recession b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#959f &#1110t”.Trump &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#959n Monday h&#1077 plans a meeting w&#1110th th&#1077 Chinese president, Xi Jinping, next month &#1072t th&#1077 G20 summit &#1110n Japan. H&#1077 insisted: “W&#1077’re &#1110n a f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 position aptly now, n&#959 matter wh&#1072t w&#1077 &#1281&#959. I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n Plates w&#1072nt&#1109 t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1110t.”Th&#1077 Associated Push contributed exposure



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