REMINDER: Donald Trump Was Weak on China

While Donald Trump tries to rewrite his weak record on China, here’s a reminder that he constantly praised Xi Jinping and his reckless trade war hurt American farmers and manufacturers.

Trump’s trade war hit the American manufacturing industry hard and bankrupted farmers.

Brookings: “So over the years of the Obama administration there was a gradual recovery in manufacturing jobs and hours worked. Trump managed to destroy that through his ill-advised tariff tantrums in a short two years and put manufacturing into a recession.”

Bloomberg: “U.S. Farm Bankruptcies Surge 24% on Strain From Trump Trade War”

Washington Post: “U.S. manufacturing was in a mild recession for all of 2019, according to data released Friday by the Federal Reserve.”

Trump’s failed trade war forced American taxpayer-funded bailouts, not payments from China.

Yahoo News: “Trump’s claim that China paid for American farm subsidies is false, given that the U.S. has drawn from its own government coffers to pay for subsidies to bolster farmers hurt by the U.S.-China trade war.”

CNN: “The first round of farmer bailout was paid for out of the Commodity Credit Corporation, a Depression-era entity now administered by the US Department of Agriculture … China itself does not pay anything.”

Trump repeatedly praised Xi Jinping and China for their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donald Trump: “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

Donald Trump: “Well, I think China is very, you know, professionally run, in the sense that they have everything under control.”