Bernie Sanders says he would use tariffs too

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, is calling President Donald Trump’s trade policies “totally irrational,” but the 2020 hopeful admits that he would also be using tariffs if he were in office.

“You do not make trade policy by announcing today that you’re going to raise tariffs by X percent and the next day by Y percent, by attacking the person you appointed as head of the Federal Reserve as an enemy of the American people, by denouncing the president of China, who last year you really loved as a great leader,” Sanders said in a Sunday interview on CNN. The Vermont senator was speaking with anchor Brianna Keilar, who was filling in for Jake Tapper as host on “State of the Union.”

During the interview Sanders called tariffs a “tool.” When Keilar asked if they were a tool he would use, as Trump has, Sanders confirmed that he would.

“Yeah, of course,” the senator said. “If it is used in a rational way, within the context of a broad sensible trade policy, it is one tool that’s available. You’re looking at somebody, by the way, who helped lead the effort against permanent normal trade relations with China and NAFTA.”

The 2020 hopeful made sure to throw in a Trump insult for good measure to distance himself from the president, who appears to be doing very well at the moment when it comes to trade.

“We need a rational trade policy today, not what Trump is doing by tweet,” Sanders said.

Check out Sanders’ CNN appearance below:

Sanders exemplified in his interview a central flaw in many of the arguments made against Trump. Leftists often cannot argue Trump on policy, but they can argue with his sometimes brash style and his use of Twitter.

Sanders admits in this interview that he would use tariffs, and his biggest argument against Trump seems to be the president’s use of a social media platform to speak directly to the American people.

Sanders’ criticisms of Trump follow the president kicking off a trade war with China, using tariffs as a central negotiating tactic. While some have criticized the president using Twitter and tariffs to call out China, the plan seems to be working.

Trump told the press while at the G7 summit that he has already heard that China is seeking to sit down with the United States to work out a peaceful deal.

“China called last night our top trade people and said, ‘let’s get back to the table’, so we’ll be getting back to the table, and I think they want to do something,” the president said.

He added, “They want to make a deal. That’s a great thing.”

On top of this announcement, Trump is also working on major trade deals with both Japan and Britain.

These new trade deals, combined with Trump’s claim of hearing from China, not only speak to his use of tariffs, but also show that his use of Twitter and his straight-forward style have not hurt matters, but likely actually helped them — something the Trump Derangement Syndrome-suffering Sanders will never be able to admit.


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