South Carolina GOP senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday noted that the 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminum announced by President Trump
could have negative impacts on the U.S. economy and cause a rift with international trade partners. Graham pleaded on CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday for Mr. Trump to "reconsider your solution."
"China is winning and we're losing with this tariff regime. You are letting China off the hook. You're punishing the American consumer and our allies. You're making a huge mistake here. Go after China, not the rest of the world," urged Graham.
Graham said the steel industry has been "decimated" as a result of China's steel "dumping," saying the country produces more steel than the world consumes.
Notwithstanding his tough guy talk about mainland China during the campaign, Trump is targeting our allies rather than the tyrannical Asian behemoth. We learn from CNN that in a closed-door meeting with lobbyists Saturday
Trump also praised China's President Xi Jinping for recently consolidating power and extending his potential tenure, musing he wouldn't mind making such a maneuver himself.
"He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great," Trump said. "And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day."
We'd do well to take him at his word, generally. Last week Trump proved to be the gun-grabber conservatives previously feared and loathed, and ordering law enforcement to confiscate weapons from his political enemies would be a great way for an authoritarian to start off his second- and possibly not his last- term.
Now President Trump is celebrating the nation he once accused of "raping" the United States of America. As Xing Jinping is establishing one-man rule in Communist China, we shouldn't be surprised that it is Donald J. Trump who is suggesting that the government he leads should follow the lead of someone he believes is a rapist.