Trump right to get tough and use tariffs against Xi’s failure to keep word on stopping fentanyl

Aug. 1, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump’s decision to levy an additional 10 percent tariff on the remaining $300 billion of Chinese imports that were not yet taxed:

“China’s empty promises in previous trade talks make it extraordinarily difficult to view them as a true business partner. President Trump’s announcement that a new 10 percent tariff will be imposed on $300 billion of the remaining Chinese imports sends a clear message to President Xi that promises mean little if actions do not follow. While most people will focus on the short-term impact on markets, it is important to note that China’s failure to stop the sale and shipment of fentanyl to the U.S. tops President Trump’s concerns. While campaigning in 2016, President Trump witnessed the ravages of opioids on communities across America and promised to do something about it. In the past year, he negotiated a deal with Xi to stop the flow deadly fentanyl to our shores. The Chinese failure to keep this agreement is reason enough to punish them economically, and is proof that President Trump puts the lives of American citizens ahead of multinational corporations.”

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