Trump reversed course from his long-established attacks on China this week, giving them a compliment that his supporters couldn’t have expected.
Throughout the campaign, Trump said “China” so much, SNL wrote entire skits around it.
But he’s never been a big fan of America’s largest foreign creditor. During a 2011 tour of a New Hampshire-based defense contractor, Trump boisterously insisted that “China is raping this country.”
It’s a crude allegation that he repeated once again during a 2016 campaign rally.
“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country,” he said in reference to China’s export-import imbalance. “And that’s what they’re doing.”
He routinely insisted that other countries, like China and Mexico, were “killing us” on trade, vowing to place hefty tariffs on foreign imports and bring production and manufacturing back to the U.S.
Then, after his recent trip to Asia, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced over $250 billion in trade deals spanning technology, energy, and aviation industries.
So much for those campaign promises.
The commander-in-chief’s sudden willingness to strike deals with China is a swift departure from his past attitude toward the foreign country.
Simply identifying Trump’s sudden change of heart doesn’t even scratch the surface of his comments that followed, however. In an unsubstantiated move, the president blamed past presidential administrations for poor trade deals, commending China for siphoning hundreds of billions from the U.S. economy.
What’s Happening Now:
Addressing a crowd of business leaders inside the Great Hall of the People, Trump rained praise upon the Chinese government for engaging in trade practices which he previously condemned.
“I don’t blame China,” he said. “After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of their citizens? I give China great credit.”
Uhh … anyone could blame a country for unethical practice. Except for Trump, of course, who on Twitter said he’d do the exact same thing given the opportunity.
“How can you blame China for taking advantage of people that had no clue?” Trump wrote. “I would have done the same!”
I don’t blame China, I blame the incompetence of past Admins for allowing China to take advantage of the U.S. on trade leading up to a point where the U.S. is losing $100’s of billions. How can you blame China for taking advantage of people that had no clue? I would’ve done same!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2017
We know you would have, Donald — in fact, you have before. In the past decade, Trump has been involved in 3,500 lawsuits, many of which allege failure to make payments to contract workers.
Trump, of course, has labeled these lawsuits frivolous, insisting he won’t pay if the job isn’t completed to his satisfaction.
“Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late,” he said in an interview with USA Today. “I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely … That’s what the country should be doing.”
Trump has made the U.S. a laughingstock on the world stage as he readily rolls over for China. Is anyone really shocked that we’re dissatisfied with a conman in the White House?