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Trump a ‘98-pound weakling’ on China, Says Senate Minority Leader Schumer

Posted April 06, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Elana Schor & Doug Palmer – Politico)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday needled President Donald Trump to get tougher on trade with Beijing ahead of the former businessman’s Mar-a-Lago meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Schumer lobbed his latest challenge at Trump alongside Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), both of whom face tough reelection fights next year in states Trump won by appealing to blue-collar workers with criticism of free-trade agreements. Vowing to cheer Trump on “if he did something good on trade,” Schumer prodded the president for failing to make good on a campaign commitment to label China a currency manipulator.

“One of the few hopes we had with President Trump is that he’d finally stand up to China,” Schumer told reporters. “But up to now, when it comes to China, he looks like a 98-pound weakling.” Click here to read more.