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Sanders: I Would Use Tariffs But Not as Trump Has Done

Sanders: I Would Use Tariffs But Not as Trump Has Done

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. (Meg Kinnard/AP)

By    |   Sunday, 25 August 2019 06:40 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday said he would use tariffs as one part of his overall trade strategy but rejected President Donald Trump’s tactics as irrational and damaging to the world’s economy.

"We need a rational trade policy today, not what Trump is doing by tweet," the senator said during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union.” 

"You do not make trade policy by announcing today that you're going to raise tariffs by X-percent, and the next day by Y-percent, by attacking the person you appointed as head of the Federal Reserve as an enemy of the American people, by denouncing the president of China, who last year you really loved as a great leader."

He added that "This kind of instability and irrationality on the part of the president is causing very serious harm to the entire world economy.”

Sanders said that tariffs are “one tool that’s available” to a president and that he would consider them if “used in a rational way within the context of a broad, sensible trade policy.”

The senator said he agreed that a new trade policy is needed, as ones in the past have lost the United States millions of good paying jobs and were done in the interests of large corporations and not to benefit the average worker.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday said he would use tariffs as one part of his overall trade strategy but rejected President Donald Trump's tactics as irrational and damaging to the world's economy.
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