Trump says he would have dealt with China bad behavior by threatening 100% tariff

By Jen Krausz on
 July 20, 2023

Former President Donald Trump said Tuesday on Fox News' Hannity that if he was president now, he would threaten China with a 100% tariff for its bad behavior in flying a spy balloon over the U.S., harassing American ships and jets in international space, stealing U.S. intellectual property, COVID, attempts to devalue the dollar, allying with Russia, Iran, and North Korea, and dealmaking in the Middle East.

"I think China is taking advantage of a president that has abdicated his role as the most dominant — America being the most dominant force in the world. Would they have ever done that under you and how would you have prevented it?” Hannity asked Trump.

Trump responded, “Number one, they wouldn’t have done it. Number two, if they did it, I would’ve said, excuse me, we’re going to put a 100% tariff on all of your goods that are coming into the United States, and they would’ve backed up immediately.”

The response is in line with how Trump handled foreign powers when he was president, and most of them seemed very intimidated by him.

No world power was brave enough to make any threats or take any actions against the U.S. or any of its allies while he was president.

This is in contrast to Biden's tenure, when Russia brazenly invaded Ukraine, and speculation is that China could be considering an invasion of Taiwan before the end of his term.