Rep. Steve Scalise: ‘We’ve Always Been in a Trade War with China’

By Melanie Arter | May 14, 2019 | 11:47am EDT
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( – Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) told Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday that the United States has always been in a trade war with China.

President Donald Trump last week announced that he was imposing 25 percent tariffs on the rest of Chinese imports, amounting to $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. China, in turn, retaliated, raising tariffs on U.S. goods from 10 percent to 20 or 25 percent, affecting $60 billion worth of U.S. goods already being taxed.

Fox News’s Bill Hemmer asked Scalise whether he believed this is considered a trade war.

“We’ve always been in a trade war with China,” Scalise said. “I think President Trump’s really the first one to finally acknowledge it and confront it. I would like to see it addressed quickly.

“We all would, but at the same time, China’s been cheating. They steal intellectual property. They don’t play by the rules, and so having a trade deal that actually not only puts rules of the game in place that can be enforced, but then to have an enforcement mechanism is critical for our economy and to make sure that our allies around the world also want that same confrontation,” the congressman said.

“You just said we’ve always been in a trade war with China. I don’t know if a lot of people will look at it that way, but clearly you do,” Hemmer said.

“Well, China’s always cheated on the rules. I mean they’ve not played by the rules for a long time,” Scalise said.

“As long as people have been following the way that China operates, they played by a different set of rules, and frankly, when you’re dealing with trade negotiations and trade deals with friends or with people who aren’t maybe as close of friends as others, you still have to be able to play by the rules and trust that the other person’s doing the same thing and treating you fairly according to those agreements,” he said.


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