- The Washington Times - Friday, April 6, 2018

Sen. Ben Sasse criticized President Trump’s tariff announcement on Thursday, calling the possible $100 billion in tariffs on China “dumb.”

“Hopefully the President is just blowing off steam again but, if he’s even half-serious, this is nuts. China is guilty of many things, but the President has no actual plan to win right now,” Mr. Sasse, Nebraska Republican, said in a statement.

“He’s threatening to light American agriculture on fire. Let’s absolutely take on Chinese bad behavior, but with a plan that punishes them instead of us. This is the dumbest possible way to do this,” he added.

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Mr. Trump made the announcement as China and the U.S. are in the midst of an ongoing trade dispute, which the president has made clear is not a trade war. He already imposed $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods as punishment for China’s unfair treatment of the U.S.

China responded similarly to U.S. goods in retaliation.

Mr. Sasse has long been a critic of Mr. Trump, but other senators have also expressed concerns about the administration’s decision on tariffs.

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