President Donald Trump could be best known for his fishy ability to flip-flop back and forth worse than a crappie gasping for air on the bank. Whatever he may have promised his supporters during the 2016 election on the campaign trail, he hasn’t delivered on. In another flip-flop on the president’s part, he’s now changing his stance on trade relations with China.
Back in May of 2016, Trump made a pretty harsh statement regarding China comparing their trade policies toward the U.S. to rape. He said:
‘Chinese traders come in, they come in 20 at a time, they come in all the way. But when the Chinese come in, and they want to make great trade deals, and they make the best trade deals, but not anymore. When I’m there, we turn it around folks… We have the cards. Don’t forget we’re like the piggy bank that’s being robbed… We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country.’
Anyone with any sense did not appreciate the terminology used. Trump supporters, of course, ate it up. Regardless, the point is Trump laid a huge amount of blame on the Chinese by implying they were severely taking advantage of the United States. We were victims of China’s brutal trade policies.
However, during his trip to China, Trump could not get enough of the Chinese President Xi Jinping. When they appeared together to speak to Chinese business leaders, Trump talked about how unfair the trade policies were between the United States and China. However, he then said something interesting. He said he didn’t blame China.
‘I don’t blame China. Who can blame a country that is able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens? I give China great credit.’
Pres. Trump says he doesn’t “blame China” for US-China trade imbalances. “After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country to the benefit of its citizens?” https://t.co/Q8Es2qFGGC pic.twitter.com/6hX6KNLQwe
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 9, 2017
So, now it’s the United States’ fault. Trump is now blaming the victim. Considering how the Republican party feels about women’s issues and sexual assault, this honestly couldn’t be more appropriate. However, it’s still a stark reminder to Trump supporters and the failing GOP that Trump only serves his own purposes.
While carrying on his victim blaming, Trump blamed previous administrations for the unfair trading between the countries. Basically, Obama did it.
‘…for having allowed it to get so far out of kilter. We’ll make it fair, and it’ll be tremendous for both of us. My feeling toward you is incredibly warm. We have great chemistry. I think we’ll do tremendous things, China and the U.S.’
Right. Nevermind the Washington Post noted that Obama made a great deal with China in 2014.
‘The United States and China had clashed on issues from cybersecurity to trade in the final years of the Obama administration, though they had struck a landmark climate deal during Barack Obama’s 2014 visit to Beijing that served as a prelude to the Paris climate accord.’
Considering Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, that wouldn’t matter to Trump. Funnily enough, President Xi still wants China to be part of that deal and reduce their carbon emissions.
When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was asked about Trump’s change of heart towards China, he commented:
‘His characterization is that you cannot not blame a large developing country for doing what they have to do.’
One researcher praised Trump’s move to not criticize China saying:
‘…shows that he understands the complex reasons behind the trade imbalance. The trade imbalance cannot be corrected overnight.’
Except at one point, Trump said China was raping the United States, which he should have never said. However, it got him elected, so what does it matter, right?
You can check out some responses to Trump’s remarks below.
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