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· Iowa senators back President Trump on need to ‘stand up’ to China
· Blunt: China dispute justified, but he doesn’t side with tariffs [MO]
Iowa senators back President Trump on need to ‘stand up’ to China
By Elizabeth Meyer, Syracuse Journal-Democrat (NE)
Posted May 9, 2019
U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley said while they were frustrated with the lack of progress, China was largely to blame, not Trump.
Iowa’s senators were adamant Wednesday in their support of President Donald Trump to keep the pressure on China as the two countries work toward a trade agreement.
Trump is expected to meet this week with Chinese leaders to negotiate a mutually agreeable deal as the president ratchets up the stakes, threatening to levy a 25 percent tariff on roughly $200 billion of Chinese goods.
Currently, the 10 percent tariff Trump implemented last summer is in place.
On a conference call Wednesday with reporters, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said tariffs against the Chinese were “so bad” for Iowa industries and farmers. But, she cautioned, “We can’t allow China to continue to walk all over us as they have done in the past.”
The theft of intellectual property, currency manipulation and “forced” technology transfers was unacceptable, the Iowa senator said.
“China is a bad actor and in this instance, we need to stand up against China,” Ernst said. “The president assured me that they are going to work their way through this, so I do have confidence that we’ll see some sort of progress.”
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley shared a similar opinion.
“I’m only losing patience with China,” Grassley said Wednesday in a separate call with reporters, “not with the president.”
Trump increased his demands Sunday on Twitter, attributing the nation’s “great economic results” in part to the tariffs paid by China.
“The Tariffs paid to the USA have had little impact on product cost, mostly borne by China,” Trump wrote. “The Trade Deal with China continues, but too slowly, as they attempt to renegotiate. No!”
Grassley questioned whether China was negotiating with the U.S. “in good faith,” given the country’s reputation for not upholding its end of the deal.
“You either have to stop negotiating or do what you can do to get their attention, so I happen to sympathize with the president’s waning patience with the Chinese,” he said...
Blunt: China dispute justified, but he doesn’t side with tariffs
By Tom Steever, Brownfield
May 9, 2019
Senator Roy Blunt says President Trump knows very well whether the Senator is in agreement with tariffs placed on Chinese goods.
“No, I’m not,” said Missouri’s senior senator Thursday in an interview with Brownfield Ag News. Senator Blunt added, however, that the Chinese are not being fair in their dealings with the U.S. and that a trade dispute is justified.
“That’s a reasonable fight to have if you’re going to have a fight,” he said, “but to do that and do that effectively, you ought at the same time be doing everything you can to be opening alternative markets.”
The president should be working on other trade agreements, said Blunt, “so that we would have that area to look to and frankly able to really compete with China in a way that was to our advantage, and the Transpacific [Partnership] would have been good.”
Senator Blunt says he would also like to see some bilateral trade agreements made.
During the same interview, Senator Blunt said many Missouri River flooding issues would be solved if it was managed as a channel of commerce, similar to the Mississippi River. River management priorities should change, according to Senator Blunt...
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