April 7, 2017
Trump and China: A Case of a Foreign Policy Ignoramus acting smart
by Louis Nelson
Louis Nelson is from Evanston, Illinois and is a graduate of George Washington University, where he was the sports editor of the school newspaper, The GW Hatchet.
President Donald Trump said Thursday morning that “nobody really knows” what will happen at his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where he said issues surrounding trade and North Korea’s recent missile test are expected to be on the table.
“Well, it’s going to be very interesting. Nobody really knows,” Trump told Fox News’ Pete Hegseth in an impromptu interview on “Fox & Friends,” the president’s preferred morning news show. “We have not been treated fairly on trade for many, many years. No president’s taken care of that the way they should have. And we have a big problem with North Korea; we’re going to see what happens.”
As a presidential candidate, Trump made getting tough with China a regular talking point, promising to label it a currency manipulator on Day One of his administration. But while the President has continued making his pledge to put the U.S. in a stronger position on international trade, he has yet to follow through on his promise to name China a currency manipulator.
On North Korea, which tested a ballistic missile earlier this week, Trump has called on China to stabilize the famously bellicose regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. China, for its part, has expressed concern about the deployment of American THAAD missile defense systems in South Korea.
“Well, we’re going to see what happens, Pete,” Trump said of anticipated talks on North Korea. “But I will tell you, we’ll be in there pitching, and I think we’re going to do very well.”