President Trump said he was destined to take on and beat China in an ongoing trade war.
Speaking to a group of reporters outside the White House, Trump lifted his hands into the air and said he was “the chosen one” tasked with besting China — and saving the American economy.
In his remarks, Trump said other presidents before him sat idle in the face of Chinese currency manipulation and unfair trade practices, siphoning money from the U.S. economy.
Trump said he too could have sat back and continue to let China take advantage of the U.S. —because it would be “easy” to do so—but he, instead, choosing to fight against them.
He shrugged off responsibility for any economic fallout stemming from his trade actions against China, arguing that “somebody had to do it.”
“Somebody said it is Trump’s trade war. This isn’t my trade war,” he added. “This is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago by a lot of other presidents.”
China wants to make a deal with the U.S., Trump said, in part because their economy and job market are suffering as a result of the tariff battle.
“Probably we will make a deal,” he said, emphasizing that it must be “good for the United States.”
Donald Trump looked to the sky with his hands raised and said, "I am the chosen one," as he defended his administration's tough stance on trade with China and slammed past U.S. presidents https://t.co/c4HKWX4Yed pic.twitter.com/sCXDpvo44Q
— POLITICO (@politico) August 21, 2019
Politico reports Trump said China was sincere about making a deal with him, despite previous failed attempts to do so, and brushed the notion that China was stringing him along with faux attempts just so they can potentially deal with a Democratic successor.
“They’re losing too many jobs too fast,” Trump said concerning China’s domestic fallout to the trade negotiations.
“They want to negotiate,” Trump concluded. “And Sleepy Joe doesn’t have a clue.”Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.