Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., said on Sunday that Democrats should not criticize President Trump for overriding China over trade, having spent years complaining about Beijing's policy but doing nothing.
"Every Democrat and every Republican has cheated on that said China," Graham said on CBS & # 39 ;. Face the Nation "." The Democrats have been arguing for years that China must stand its ground, now it's Trump and we just have to accept the pain that comes with standing against China. "China."
Graham added, "My Democratic colleague: He's doing the things you've been asking for over the years."
WHITE HOUSE: TRUMPS 'SECOND THOUGHTS & # 39; Graham's comments came when Trump's colleague on the world stage met with a strained reception as they gathered in a French seaside resort for the Group of Seven summit. [1
19659003] Trump suggested during a breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he was worried about the worsening conflict. "Yes. In any case, "he told reporters when asked if he wanted any further consideration to increase tariffs on China after Beijing introduced new tariffs to avenge previous US tariffs.
Then However, hours later, secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement that the news media had "heavily misinterpreted Trump's response." Grisham said the president had just "agreed – because he regretted not raising tariffs."
Trump had tried to use the summit to assemble the other leaders and do more to boost their economies as fears grow of a possible slowdown in the US before being re-elected in November 2020.
Summit colleagues try to persuade him to stop the trade disputes with China and other countries, and see the disputes as a contribution to the macroeconomic slowdown.
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The gatherings take place days after Trump's response to China's announcement on Friday to impose new tariffs on $ 75 billion worth of American goods at its own rate. Trump also issued an extraordinary threat to declare a national emergency to force US corporations to cut ties with China.
Graham admitted on Sunday that the trade war would hurt some of his constituents "- but it is a necessary evil to face Beijing.
"They will never do it until they feel a higher price."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.