Kudlow on trade war fears: Blame China, ‘Trump is first president to fight back’

by WorldTribune Staff, April 5, 2018

The U.S. finally has a president who is standing up to China, which “is not playing by the rules” on trade, newly-appointed National Economic Director Larry Kudlow said.

National Economic Director Larry Kudlow

“Blame China, not President Trump,” Kudlow said on April 3. “Because they’ve been going on for many years. Trump is really the first president to fight back and to put a shot across the bow – stealing intellectual property rights, technology transfers, high barriers, investment limitations, high tariffs.”

Beijing on April 3 responded to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods by imposing its own tariffs on 106 U.S. products.

Related: 1,300 products on new tariffs list target unfair Chinese intellectual property practices, April 4, 2018

Fox News host Neil Cavuto, in an interview with Kudlow, said that there is “no way” that Trump is a “free-trader.”

Kudlow disagreed, saying the president knows the “path to free trade” is through correcting illegal practices by China and others.

“They’re closing markets,” he said. “They’re not playing by the rules.”

Kudlow said Trump is seeking a “pot of gold” on the “other side of the rainbow… that is economic growth.”

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