Lou Dobbs: Two GOP senators visiting China may be ‘undercutting trade negotiations’

Screen capture … Sen. David Perdue, Vice Premier Liu He, Sen. Steve Daines … Credit: Fox Business

On his Tuesday Fox Business program, Lou Dobbs declared that two Republican senators who are in China “may well be undercutting U.S. and China trade negotiations.”

GOP Senators Steve Daines from Montana and David Perdue from Georgia traveled to China this week in a delegation apparently without official blessings from the White House, according to Dobbs.

China Daily reported on the visit, saying …

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He met with a delegation led by US Senator Steve Daines and Senator David Perdue here on Tuesday.

Liu, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said Sino-US relations are related to the stability and prosperity of the world. China firmly opposes trade war, which is not conducive to China, the United States, nor the world, Liu said.

He expressed the hope that the two sides could deepen mutual understanding, seek common ground while reserving differences, and properly resolve problems on the basis of equality and mutual respect.

Speaking of the great importance of US-China relations, Daines, also co-chair of the US House of Senate US-China Working Group, and Perdue, said they are not willing to see economic and trade conflicts between the two sides, adding that they will continue to play positive roles in deepening mutual understanding and promoting the development of bilateral relations.

Dobbs reported, with disdain, that the Senators’ visit could “in fact threaten any progress with China already made by President Trump and his top trade negotiating team.” 

“Two Republican U.S. senators are in Beijing tonight, and they may well be undercutting U.S. and China trade negotiations. The U.S. delegation, self-styled delegation, and comprised of two senators, Steve Daines and David Perdue, meeting with China’s vice premier Liu He today in Beijing. A Senate aide telling us the trip facilitated conversations, I love the way these people talk, about security concerns as well as ongoing trade talks. You can imagine how helpful two senators would be in that,” Dobbs said. “The meetings were arranged quite apart from the White House and may, in fact, threaten any progress with China already made by President Trump and his top trade negotiating team.”

Dobbs convincingly laid out his case that the two have a clear history of pursuing globalist interests at the expense of American jobs.

“The two senators would hardly make, in at least my opinion, ideal emissaries in any circumstance,” he said, “because both have a significant history of outsourcing American jobs while working in the private sector.

“Sen. Daines spent six years in China for Procter & Gamble. While the company says he wasn’t making corporate decisions, he was there to help the company expand production in China, and his work in China just happened to coincide with the period in which Procter & Gamble shut-down plants that resulted in the loss of 4000 U.S. jobs. For his work, Daines has received more than $70,000 in contributions from Procter & Gamble. He’s also taken in more than $61,000 from the ubiquitous Koch Industries.”

According to Dobbs, Perdue has an even more damning record. “Senator Perdue, for his part, has clearly, openly, acknowledged his outsourcing of American jobs overseas in a 2005 deposition about his handling of a collapsed textile company in North Carolina. Perdue was asked about his, quote, ‘experience with outsourcing.’ His blunt response was, quote, ‘yeah, I spent most of my career doing that,’ end quote.”

“Perdue has taken more than $56,000 from Koch Industries, and nearly $34,000 from known outsourcers Deloitte,” Dobbs said.

New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize winner, commented, “I was struck by the record that you detailed, Lou. These are not people who would seem to be on the President’s page.”

“Both parties, I think, have to come to grips with the reality, and you hear this all the time … ‘oh, we agree with President Trump but he should’ve done it another way, he should’ve worked with Europe, he should’ve gone to the WPO,’ said Goodwin. “I mean, all of these things had been tried.”

“Translation,” said Dobbs, “they want the status quo and the last thing they want is balanced trade.”

“They may want change but they do not want to fight for it, Goodwin replied. “They don’t want to take any risks to get it, and you don’t get China to change if you’re going to just go along the path.”

“They are the problem, they have been the problem for decades, and they are not suddenly the solution, let me assure you of that,” Dobbs insisted. “And for them to be there under the pretext that they are going to move anything forward–all they are doing is undercutting the trade representative, the trade negotiating team, and this President.”

Video by Fox Business 


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