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Manchin: Trump's Right. China's to Blame.
Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien

Posted on 03/04/2018 3:47:42 PM PST by Kaslin

Last week President Trump announced a new 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent hike on aluminum imports. Foreign leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the move "unacceptable" and the European Union threatened to respond to the U.S. with their own tariff. 

Try it, Trump dared. He'll just add a new tax on European cars.

British Prime Minister Theresa May shared her own "deep concerns" with Trump directly in a phone call on Sunday. What he should have done was pursue "multilateral action," May reportedly told the president.

At least one person sees where Trump is coming from.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), one of Congress's more moderate Democrats, is siding with the president in his explanation of China's trade practices. 

“When you look at who produces the steel in the world, 50 percent of the steel produced in the world comes from China. The United States is the largest importer of the steel,” Manchin said.

“Connect the dots. Even though they’re saying it might not come directly from China, it comes ... through other countries.”

Knowing China's M.O., Manchin "welcomes" Trump's plan.

While other lawmakers like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) agree China is an economic aggressor, he argued Trump's tariffs will do nothing to rein them in. He's making a "huge mistake," Graham told CBS Sunday.

“Your solution has let China off the hook,” Graham appealed to the president.

What Trump needs to do, the senator suggested, was reenter the U.S. into the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Judging by his Twitter timeline this weekend, Trump appears to have made up his mind, offering Americans this "easy" explanation for his actions.

When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018



TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Extended News; Germany; Mexico; US: South Carolina; US: West Virginia; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: aluminum; canada; china; europeanunion; germany; joemanchin; justintrudeau; lindseygraham; mexico; nafta; presidenttrump; southcarolina; steel; tariffs; theresamay; trade; unitedkingdom; westvirginia
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1 posted on 03/04/2018 3:47:42 PM PST by Kaslin
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Shut up Linda


2 posted on 03/04/2018 3:49:50 PM PST by Kaslin (Politicians are not born; they are excreted -Civilibus nati sunt; sunt excernitur. (Cicero)
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To: Kaslin

To get back in Trump’s good graces, Canada should fund The Wall and bill Mexico.


3 posted on 03/04/2018 3:53:25 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin
What Trump needs to do, the senator suggested, was reenter the U.S. into the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

I'm not sure what's more disturbing: that Graham is stupid enough to say something like that; or, that he's paid to say it.

4 posted on 03/04/2018 3:53:56 PM PST by pierrem15 ("Massacrez-les, car le seigneur connait les siens")
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To: Kaslin

Pandering for votes. Just switch to the rino party and shut up.


5 posted on 03/04/2018 3:54:26 PM PST by Fungi
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To: Kaslin
reenter the U.S. into the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Oh, that's a good idea. [/s]

6 posted on 03/04/2018 3:54:34 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (The government cannot protect you and isn't even trying. Self-defense is a right.)
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To: Kaslin

China is the 11th largest source of steel imports. How can this be about China?


7 posted on 03/04/2018 3:56:50 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Kaslin

“What he should have done was pursue “multilateral action,” May reportedly told the president.”

This skank should talk. The folks in the UK voted to get out of the EU and she hasnt even accomplished nearly anything towards that.


8 posted on 03/04/2018 3:59:19 PM PST by crz
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To: Kaslin

Today’s European “leaders” have a hard time with simple thoughts, let alone “deep” ones.
Go, Trump, go.
If the MSM disagrees with you, you are on the right track.


9 posted on 03/04/2018 4:17:39 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Paladin2

Trump should raise tariffs on Mexican goods and use the money to build the wall.


10 posted on 03/04/2018 4:25:35 PM PST by GOPe Means Bend Over Spell Run (GO GALT - Support Trump)
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To: DoodleDawg

There is a lot of deception going on here over this. Why do they keep hammering on China if it’s not the biggest target of these tariffs?


11 posted on 03/04/2018 4:31:28 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("Go ahead, bite the Big Apple ... don't mind the maggots.")
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To: Kaslin
What he should have done was pursue "multilateral action," May reportedly told the president.

"OK, but let's pursue "multilateral action" that makes America first", responded the President.

12 posted on 03/04/2018 4:31:47 PM PST by NutsOnYew (If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be.)
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“What he should have done was pursue “multilateral action,””

Well, Theresa, OF COURSE, that’s what you and the rest of the world wants because that means the U.S. has only one vote out of the many, and naturally gets outvoted by the weak sisters in a deal that totally screws the U.S. Trump explained all of that to us during the 2016 campaign, Theresa, so that’s NEVER going to happen to us on Trump’s watch ...


13 posted on 03/04/2018 4:33:47 PM PST by catnipman ( Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Fungi
Just switch to the rino party and shut up.

Baloney. We don't need that dummkopf. We need a REAL Senator in West Virginia.

PATRICK MORRISEY FOR US SENATE!!!

14 posted on 03/04/2018 4:35:29 PM PST by NorthMountain (... the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed)
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To: Kaslin

15 posted on 03/04/2018 4:35:55 PM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: Alberta's Child
Why do they keep hammering on China if it’s not the biggest target of these tariffs?

Not a clue. Here are the statistics for last year: Link

16 posted on 03/04/2018 4:36:42 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

China is the 11th largest source of steel imports. How can this be about China?


The gist here is that many of those products that have a Made in Italy label are actually mostly made in China, but qualify for a Made in Italy label because a trivial amount of value-added was tacked on in Italy.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/06/news/economy/us-steel-vietnam-china-tariffs/index.html
American steelmakers complained last year that Chinese companies appeared to be avoiding huge tariffs by diverting products to Vietnam for “minor processing” before they were shipped to the U.S.


17 posted on 03/04/2018 4:38:24 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: DoodleDawg

it’s just about theater


18 posted on 03/04/2018 4:38:36 PM PST by vooch (America First Drain the Swamp)
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To: DoodleDawg

The media goes out of its way to make Republicans and Trump look stupid. One of these ways is to omit crucial information:


http://www.americanmanufacturing.org/blog/entry/commerce-goes-after-third-country-steel-imports-originating-in-china
The Alliance for American Manufacturing often points out that China’s profligate steel production is the leading cause of global steel overcapacity, and that efforts should be made to safeguard the domestic industry from a flood of imports.

Busters, meanwhile, often say China doesn’t export much steel to the United States.

But that’s in part because China is running certain steel products through third-party countries where they are superficially processed, and then sent to the United States for sale.

It’s basically a clever way to avoid tariffs assigned by the U.S. Commerce Department on certain Chinese steel products.

That’s what Commerce decided today, when it assigned duties to steel products from Vietnam. Reuters reports:

The Commerce Department said it would apply the same Chinese anti-dumping and anti-subsidy rates on corrosion-resistant and cold-rolled steel from Vietnam that starts out as Chinese-made hot-rolled steel.

Although the product was processed in Vietnam to be made corrosion resistant or cold-rolled for use in autos or appliances, the Commerce Department agreed with the claims of American producers that as much as 90 percent of the product’s value originated from China.

And get this:

The Commerce Department said that after anti-dumping duties were imposed on Chinese steel products in 2015, shipments of cold-rolled steel from Vietnam into the United States shot up to $295 million annually from $11 million.


19 posted on 03/04/2018 4:42:13 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei
American steelmakers complained last year that Chinese companies appeared to be avoiding huge tariffs by diverting products to Vietnam for “minor processing” before they were shipped to the U.S.

We import less steel from Vietnam than we do from China.

20 posted on 03/04/2018 4:42:32 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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