Who Said What About China?
Donald Trump has been getting a lot of attention lately with speculation surrounding his possible run for the White House in 2012. In particular, he has been outspoken about the unbalanced U.S. trade relationship with China, something that also greatly worries America's voters, according to a recent AAM economic poll.
Trump isn’t the first candidate or public figure to take a tough verbal stand on China, though. Listed below are quotes by several notable Presidential candidates, past and present. Of particular interest is how they've changed their tune...
Mitt Romney, 2007 on China: “China wants to see us succeed and thrive. And they’re a competitor economically. More power to them.” Link.
Mitt Romney, 2011 on China: “I think we have to recognize we have a real world power emerging, and that represents a threat to us." Link.
Barack Obama, 2008 on China: “You guys keep on manipulating your currency, we are going to start shutting off access to some of our markets.” Link.
Barack Obama, 2011 on China: We’ll continue to look for the value of China’s currency to be increasingly driven by the market, which will help ensure that no nation has an undue economic advantage.” Link.
Donald Trump, 2011 on China: “If you don’t stop manipulating your currency, we’re going to put a 25 percent tax on your products that come into the United States.” Link.
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