Donald Trump says while the nation’s economy is faltering, China is doing very well because the vast communist nation is taking “advantage of us.”
The real estate mogul also told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Thursday if it was up to him, he would get the nation’s best business people involved in negotiations with Beijing, because “we have a bunch of clowns negotiating with China.”
“Well, we are always on defense — and there has never been a country that has abused us like China abuses us. And we have leadership — or I should say a lack of leadership — that doesn’t know what to do about it,” Trump said. “And the first thing we should do, and the president should . . . is get our greatest business people to negotiate, because we have a bunch of clowns negotiating with China. We have a vice president that right now is in China explaining how we love them, how we want them.
“We cannot explain that, because they have taken advantage of us, they are making our products, they’re manipulating their currency, and they’re taking our jobs,” he said. “And we need toughness and we need smartness with China — and we are not getting it from this administration.”
Vice President Joe Biden and his team currently are in China apparently to allay that nation’s fears over the economic and political turmoil that is roiling Wall Street and Washington. Cavuto asked Trump what he would do.
“What you do with China is, you explain to them you have manipulated your currency — we will be taxing you 25 percent — they will make $300 billion-plus on us this year and that is going to be a low number . . . it will be much higher than that,” Trump said. “China continues to do well — and will do well — because of what they’re doing and because they are outsmarting this country in particular, also Europe.
“The interesting and the ironic thing is, Europe, they formed the euro so they could take advantage of the United States — and now if you look at what is happening with the euro — it is a disaster,” he said. “And Germany, which is very powerful, very strong, and really wanted to do this, all of a sudden they have to carry Spain, and Greece, and maybe even France.
“The whole thing is turning out to be a disaster — and if we were in good shape right now, we could literally take over the world — but we’re not in good shape,” Trump continued. “We are just treading along and really much worse than that. But if we were the old United States and this was happening, we would be in such a great position — but we’re not the old United States.”
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