Sen. RS.C.'s Lindsey Graham said Sunday that Democrats should not criticize President Trump for taking China over trade, as they have been complaining about Beijing's policies for years but have done nothing.
"Every Democrat and every notable Republican has said China is cheating," Graham said on CBS 'Face the Nation. "Democrats have been saying for years that China needs to be upright, now Trump is, and we just have to accept the pain that comes with the uptake of China.
Graham added, "To my Democratic colleagues: he is doing the things that you have called for all these years. "
THE WHITE HOUSE: THE" THOUGHT THOUGHTS OF THE CRAMA "OF THE CHINESE COMMERCIAL WAR" HUGE "MISINTERPRETRED & # 39; & # 39; Graham's comments come as Trump faces a tense reception from his colleagues on the world stage as they gather at a French beach resort for a summit of the Group of Seven.
Trump suggested during a breakfast meeting with United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he was interested in the spiral conflict. "Yes. Sure," he told reporters when asked if he had any second thoughts about raising tariffs on China after Beijing imposed new tariffs to retaliate against earlier U.S. tariff moves
Then, hours later, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying that the news media had "misinterpreted" Trump's response. Grisham said the president was only responding "in the affirmative ̵
Trump is trying to use the summit to unite other leaders to do more to stimulate their economies, as fears are compounded by a potential delay in the United States before he runs for re-election in November 2020.
His top partners try to persuade him to refuse trade conflicts with China and other countries, seeing disputes contribute to the overall slimming icko omikata.
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The meetings come days after Trump responded to China's announcement Friday that it would cancel new tariffs on $ 75 billion in US goods with more own tariffs.
Graham on Sunday acknowledged that the trade war would hurt some of his constituents – saying "consumer prices for goods would go up" – but called it a necessary evil to take over Beijing.
"By [the Chinese] they don’t feel the pain they won’t stop, ”he said. "They will never feel a heavier price."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.