Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on President Trump Blaming America for China’s Unfair Trade Schemes

Nov 9, 2017 Issues: Economy

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement after hearing President Trump’s comments about our trade imbalance with China. According to President Trump, he doesn’t fault China for a “very unfair and one-sided” trade relationship with the United States. He went on to say, “I don’t blame China. After all, who can blame a country for taking advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens?” The trade balance is driven largely by China’s manipulation of its currency, almost non-existent environmental and labor standards, and subsidization of Chinese industries.

“Through its willful disregard for international trade laws, intellectual property theft, lax labor laws, dumping of cheap Chinese commodities into U.S. markets, and long history of improperly manipulating its currency, the Chinese government has consistently put a target on the backs of every working-class American and contributed to the hollowing out of the American middle-class. The fact that President Trump would put the blame on the United States instead of China’s outrageous behavior is a slap in the face to millions of hardworking Americans worried about whether their job will be here tomorrow. While President Trump acts tough on China in front of friendly crowds at campaign rallies, this week we saw how he acts when he is face to face with Chinese leaders.

“Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump promised a get-tough-on-China trade policy and pledged to declare China a currency manipulator on his first day in office. Neither one of those has happened. Instead of tackling issues like illegal Chinese steel dumping, the current Administration seems more interested in blaming America than setting a correct path forward that bolsters working families in my district and across the country.

“I’ve seen and fought against the devastation caused by unfair trade, especially with China, for too long. We must implement strong trade enforcement practices to level the playing field for our workforce. Donald Trump is the president. The buck stops with him. We are in debt $1.2 trillion to China. If President Trump really wants to strengthen the United States, he should start by scrapping his disaster of a tax reform plan that adds trillions more to the deficit and puts us in even deeper debt to China,” said Congressman Ryan.