President Donald Trump called-out Chinese President Xi Jinping at the United Nations this week; saying his “friendship” with the communist leader “may be over” after a series of bad trade deals and allegations of election meddling.
The President critiqued Xi during UN Week in New York City Wednesday; adding the Chinese leader “may not be a friend of mine anymore” but saying he believes officials in Beijing “respect” his administration.
“He may not be a friend of mine anymore but I think he probably respects me,” said the President.
“We have to make it fair,” he added; referencing a series of trade barriers and tariffs imposed on Beijing. “A lot of money is coming into our coffers. And it’s had absolutely no impact on our economy.”
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AMERICA FIRST: Trump SLAMS EU, Canada, Mexico with STEEL Tariffs
President Trump announced Thursday his plans to levy hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum on key US allies, including the European Union, Canada, and Mexico; making good on a signature campaign promise to help shield American-made products from foreign goods.
Despite the initial plan to exempt North American nations from the tariffs, the administration unveiled the new guidelines after failing to win specific trade deals with both Canada and Mexico.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the new taxes will be a 25% surcharge on steel and 10% on aluminum; adding the tariffs could be removed in future talks while renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.
“The European Union has already notified the World Trade Organization of plans to levy duties on $7.1 billion worth of U.S. exports in response, with the aim of collecting $1.6 billion in tariff revenue,” writes Politico.
“We continue to be quite willing and indeed eager to have further discussions,” Ross added.
AMERICA FIRST: The President Says Country’s with Unfair Trade Deals Will be ‘TARIFFED’
President Trump doubled-down on his administration’s aggressive international trade policies Monday; saying nations with unfair trade deals will be “tariffed” in the coming weeks.
The Commander-in-Chief praised the international tax on social media just days after threatening China with a new round of tariffs, adding “Tariffs have put the U.S. in a very strong bargaining position, with Billions of Dollars, and Jobs, flowing into our Country – and yet cost increases have thus far been almost unnoticeable. If countries will not make fair deals with us, they will be ‘Tariffed!’”
Tariffs have put the U.S. in a very strong bargaining position, with Billions of Dollars, and Jobs, flowing into our Country – and yet cost increases have thus far been almost unnoticeable. If countries will not make fair deals with us, they will be “Tariffed!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2018
The President’s comments come after he threatened China and other countries with upwards of $250 billion tariffs on foreign-produced goods, including aluminum, steel, and other raw materials.