Asked in a TV interview whether he wants to push China’s economy into a depression, President Trump said “no” before comparing the country’s stock-market losses since the tariffs 1st launched to those in Y 1929, the start of the Great Depression in the US.
“I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our markets are open,” President Trump said in the interview Sunday, while adding that more tariffs “might” be in the mix.
To date, the US has imposed 3 rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports totaling $250-B, prompting China to retaliate a bit against US products.
This President previously has threatened to hit virtually all Chinese imports with duties.
Questioned about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin’s efforts to influence the 2016 Presidential election, President Trump quickly turned back to China. “They meddled,” he said of Russia, “but I think China meddled too.”
“I think China meddled also. And I think, frankly, China … is a bigger problem,” he said, as the interviewer interrupted him for “diverting” from a discussion of Russia.
Discussing Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, President Trump took credit for getting his nomination through the Senate around Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations that the judge tried to sexually assault her when they were in high school.
At a campaign rally in Mississippi late last month, President Trump mocked Ms. Ford for what he cast as her incoherent story about what happened with Justice Kavanaugh.
President Trump did notexpress regret. “Had I not made that speech, we would not have won. I was just saying she did not seem to know anything,” he said. Ms. Ford was “treated with great respect” including by him, he said.
“There have to be consequences … for coming into our country illegally,” he said, and that “part of the reason, I have to blame myself, the economy is so strong that everybody wants to come into the United States.”
He added: “You cannot say yes or no. What I can say is this: There are consequences from coming into a country, namely our country, illegally.”
President Trump dominated the interview.
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