WASHINGTON DC –
President Donald Trump demonstrated his resolute commitment to reining in trade deficits with China this week by vowing that he would punish American autoworkers “as long as it takes” until China changes the way it does business with the United States.
US Can No Longer Stand Idly By
Saying the US would no longer be complacent in the face of China’s multi-billion dollar advantage in trade, the President increased his steep tariffs on steel and aluminum that will drive up the price of US automobiles.
“For too long, the United States stood by as China used cheap labor to produce goods at low prices, making it very difficult for US companies to compete. This is why my administration will stand by as crippling steel tariffs enacted by my administration forces our nation’s auto manufacturers to lay off tens of thousands of workers, and we will gladly watch them double and triple them if necessary, until China changes its tune.”
Does Not Know Any Autoworkers Personally
Although the President, who was raised in Queens and spent his career working in the real estate industry, has never worked in a factory in his life, aides in the White House said the President was simply doing what needed to be done.
“This is what leadership looks like,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
“For years, US autoworkers have reaped the benefits of selling lots of cars despite the tremendous trade imbalance. The President is simply doing what the Obama administration should have done long ago: punishing the nation’s labor force in order to make an adversary do what we want.”
Tariff Wars Easy To Win
Although the president’s tariffs on steel will batter the already desperate situation of some sectors of US manufacturing, the President vowed he would not back down, and would enact further penalties against autoworkers if China did not comply.
“I don’t care if I have to raise these tariffs over and over and over again,” the President said. “If the Chinese leaders think that our autoworkers will somehow escape the consequences of China’s actions, they are sorely mistaken.”
In addition to tariffs on steel, the President promised to stand by as China enacted their own tariffs on other US products. “There will a flurry of tariffs enacted on American industries the likes of which few people throughout history have ever suffered before.”
“China’s been getting away with murder,” he said, “and it’s high time that the US workers paid the price.”
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