Trump Blames China Trade Issues on Biden’s Candidacy, Claims They’re Waiting for a ‘Very Weak Democrat’

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President Donald Trump attempted to shift the blame of his trade negotiation struggles with China to 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Trump, who is a self-professed master negotiator, hasn’t been able to come to a U.S.-China trade agreement with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, who is backtracking on Trump’s proposal, since his recent talks of a massive tariff hike.

On Wednesday, He tried to justify his lack of deal-making success by claiming the country is waiting to negotiate with “one of the very weak Democrats” instead of him.

“The reason for the China pullback & attempted renegotiation of the Trade Deal is the sincere HOPE that they will be able to ‘negotiate’ with Joe Biden or one of the very weak Democrats,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

“And thereby continue to ripoff the United States (($500 Billion a year)) for years to come,” he added, asserting the false claim that tariffs would be paid as a toll from China when, in actuality, the increased cost would be seen by American consumers through U.S. producers.

“Guess what, that’s not going to happen!” the president then exclaimed.

China and the U.S. were reportedly making some progress on talks regarding trade, but that came to an abrupt halt when Trump announced his extreme tariff hike, which prompted China’s Ministry of Commerce to release a statement of concern.

“The U.S. intends to raise the tariff of 200 billion U.S. dollars of Chinese exports to the United States from 10 percent to 25 percent on May 10,” the statement reads. “The escalation of trade friction is not in the interests of the people of the two countries and the people of the world.

“The Chinese side deeply regrets that if the U.S. tariff measures are implemented, China will have to take necessary countermeasures,” it adds, explaining that Trump’s current proposal is a no-go.

Despite this, Trump is confident that he will make a deal that is “great for U.S., not good for China!”

“China has just informed us that they (Vice-Premier) are now coming to the U.S. to make a deal,” the president tweeted. “We’ll see, but I am very happy with over $100 Billion a year in Tariffs filling U.S. coffers.”

Quick to rebuke the president’s attacks and claims was Biden’s spokeswoman, Kate Bedingfield, who called out Trump on Twitter for his uneven economic policies.

“Unfortunately, the only people [Trump] has gotten tough [with] so far on trade are US farmers, small business owners & consumers, who feel the brunt of his tariff war,” she said, criticizing the president.

She then argued that Biden “will invest in our core strengths & ensure that US & our allies write rules of the road.”

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