Trump threatens another round of China tariffs | 2018-10-16 |

Trump threatens another round of China tariffs

    15th October, 2018 09:15:15 printer

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump threatened to impose another round of tariffs on China and warned that Chinese meddling in US politics is a "bigger problem" than Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

Asked in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes whether he wants to push China's economy into a depression, Mr Trump said "no" before comparing the country's stock-market losses since the tariffs first launched to those in 1929, the start of the Great Depression in the US, reports agencies. "I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our markets are open," Mr Trump said in the interview that aired Sunday, while adding that more tariffs "might" be in the mix. So far, the US has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports totalling US$250 billion, prompting China to retaliate against US products. The president previously has threatened to hit virtually all Chinese imports with duties.

Questioned about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, Mr Trump quickly turned back to China. "They meddled," he said of Russia, "but I think China meddled too." "I think China meddled also. And I think, frankly, China... is a bigger problem," Mr Trump said, as interviewer Lesley Stahl interrupted him for "diverting" from a discussion of Russia. He didn't provide evidence in the interview of China's involvement in the last election or its involvement in the current election cycle.

Discussing Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, Mr Trump took credit for getting his nomination through the Senate around Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that the judge tried to sexually assault her when they were in high school.

At a campaign rally in Mississippi late last month, Mr Trump mocked Ford for what he cast as her incoherent story about what happened with Mr Kavanaugh, a move that even drew some criticism from Republican senators.