Jonathan Oosting, Beth LeBlanc and Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 10:38 PM EDT Jun 27, 2019 Democratic presidential candidates attacked President Donald Trump’s trade policies Thursday night in a nationally televised debate in Miami, blasting his tariff war as a harmful tax on Americans. “Manufacturers, and especially soy farmers, are hurting,” said South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg of Indiana. China is a serious threat that is “using technology for the perfection of dictatorship,” Buttigieg said, “but their fundamental economic model isn’t going to change because of some tariffs.” The comments came as Trump prepares to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping this weekend at the at the Group of 20 Leaders Summit in Osaka, Japan. The president has bemoaned the U.S. trade deficit with China and launched a trade war in an attempt to force a more balanced trade relationship. He’s so far imposed 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods, prompting retaliatory tariffs from China. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado said Trump has been right to “push back on China, but he’s don’t it in completely the wrong way.” Bennet argued the United State should “mobilize with entire rest of the world” that has a… Read full this story
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