Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) reiterated his support of President Donald Trump’s tariffs on the Chinese government, saying that they are “essential” to prevent China from further inhibiting U.S. economic growth.
While giving an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Romney — who ran against former President Barack Obama in 2012 as the Republican presidential nominee — was asked for his thoughts on the tariffs that Trump placed on imported Chinese goods that are “raising prices” and causing farmers to “struggle in individual markets.”
Romney conceded that the “cost of the tariffs [was] borne by the American public” but that he believed that the “sacrifice” that is made by the people for the tariffs was “essential” to stop China from preventing job growth in the country.
“Of course, the cost of tariffs is borne by the American public. I mean, we’re the ones that pay the tariffs… That’s real. But it’s a sacrifice, I think, which is essential to keep China from continuing to kill our jobs, and kill our businesses, and employ people.”
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Sen. @MittRomney supports President Trump's tariffs on China. He acknowledges Americans pay the cost but says "it's a sacrifice, I think, which is essential to keep China from continuing to kill our jobs and kill our businesses and employ people." #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/DPSXAcAQlJ
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) May 19, 2019
“China’s gotten away with murder for years,” added Romney. “Where we’ve looked the other way when they’ve cheated on foreign agreements and on the international rules of commerce.”
The Utah senator then pointed out that China’s “cheating” has allowed them to steal “technologies” and “intellectual property” which have made it more difficult for U.S. businesses “to compete” and for new jobs to be created.
Romney went on to praise Trump for putting the brakes on China’s activities and saying that farmers and the other businesses heavily affected by the tariffs would need help “to weather the storm.”
“China has got to stop cheating for us to trade with them on an open and fair basis,” the Utah Republican declared.
Romney has not been afraid to let his concerns about China’s growing global economic threat be known.
As IJR Red previously reported, earlier this month, Romney called out 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden on Twitter for claiming that China would not be “competition” for the U.S., saying that his statement “will not age well.”