President Trump told Fox News’ Steve Hilton on Sunday that he would be willing to completely decouple the US economy from China, before warning: “If Biden is elected, China will own our country.”
“I don’t want to set the world on fire right now,” Trump said in an exclusive interview on “The Next Revolution.”
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But “there has been no country that has torn us away more than China …” he continued. “We are losing billions, hundreds of billions of dollars. We are not getting anything from China. Yes, we get goods that we could produce ourselves….[but] we don’t get anything. All we do is lose money. ”
Trump signed a landmark trade deal with China in January, easing tensions between the world’s two largest economies amid a trade war after accusations China had manipulated its currency for decades and stole trade secrets Americans.
Since the global coronavirus outbreak, however, Trump has told Hilton the deal is “longer for me” and raised the possibility of severing ties with the communist country entirely.
“If they don’t treat us well, I definitely would,” he said.
Trump touted the US-China relationship before the COVID-19 pandemic, telling Hilton “We were doing better than we’ve ever done with China and I was ready to rock and roll,” a he declared. “Then we were hit by this damn situation.
Trump has pitted his harsh approach to China against his 2020 opponent Joe Biden, and warned that “if elected, China will own our country.”
“If you look at what we’ve done with China, no one has ever done to China,” he said.
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Referring to warnings from US intelligence officials about Beijing’s plan to interfere in the upcoming election on Biden’s behalf, Trump said, “They own it and they want me to lose so much. ”
“China owns Joe Biden. Her son received a billion and a half dollars. His son with no experience, no intelligence, no nothing, never did, not only Ukraine, he received hundreds of thousands of dollars of money from Ukraine and in advance. payment and then with China it comes up with a billion and a half dollars in fees. It’s ridiculous, ”Trump said.
“They own Joe Biden. They own it and they want me to lose so much. “