By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) As some business groups express concern about President Donald Trump’s escalating tariff war with China and the U.S. ‘mainstream’ media continues to push a false “recession” narrative, Republicans are expressing increasing support for the White House’s trade strategy to level the playing field with the world’s second-biggest economy.
As the president works to allay concerns among allies at the G-7 meeting in in Biarritz, France, ranking GOP members of Congress were quick to back him during interviews over the weekend.
Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said it was important to stop China from cheating the United States, which Beijing has been doing for decades, adding that the United States has a “good hand” against the Asian giant and should “play it out.”
“The goal is to get China to stop cheating the United States out of market share, to play by the rules that everybody else in the world plays by,” Graham told Fox News on Aug. 23.
“When it comes to a trade war, we’ve got more bullets than they do. So I think the president is determined to get China to change their behavior and I’m 100 percent with him,” he added. (Related: Trump: If China delays trade deal until after 2020 election, it’s going to be ‘much tougher’ on THEM)
“They sell us a lot more than we buy from them. We could put more tariffs on products coming out of China than they can put tariffs going into China from the United States. Will we feel this as consumers? Yes, but pay now or pay later when it comes to China.”
Additionally, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) noted that China has the responsibility for ending the tariff war by respecting and adhering to international rules regarding trade and intellectual property ownership.
“President Trump is right to fight back against China’s well-documented rule-breaking and intellectual property theft,” Grassley said in a statement to 1040 WHO radio.
“He’s the first president to take action on a problem that’s been going on for decades. China’s economy is hurting as a result, but so too are U.S. consumers and many sectors in the American economy. Iowa farmers have been particularly hard hit and are at risk of permanently losing an export market.
“The only way to end this trade war is for China to come to the table and negotiate seriously on an enforceable deal that ends its bad behavior and unfair trade practices. In the meantime, tariffs cannot be the only negotiating tool. Tariffs are not a long-term solution,” Grassley added.
Meanwhile, former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, now a Fox News contributor, told Lou Dobbs in an appearance on Aug. 23 that Trump is the only president with the personality who would “have the true guts” to take on Beijing.
“I think everybody in their gut understands that China has been ripping us off for a very long time,” Chaffetz said.
“I think America figured out that it wanted a disruptive and unconventional president [to take on China] and Donald Trump is about the only personality that I think would have the true guts as president to take this on and win it. Not just in the short term but in the long term.”
Stephen Moore, former senior advisor to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and distinguished visiting fellow at Washington-based think tank The Heritage Foundation, told The Epoch Times earlier this month that escalating tariffs are a negotiating tactic the president is using.
“Trump is taking a harder line,” he said. “He is very frustrated with the Chinese government.”
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