Sanders explained his goals with tariff’s/import taxes, which Donald Trump is using in his trade war with China….
He, like Trump, does NOT believe whole heartily in free trade …..
He was talking to CNN’s Brianna Keller….
KEILAR: “You have made clear that China is treating the U.S. unfairly when it comes to trade. I understand that you don’t agree with the president’s tactics or his style. But if you were president, would you use tariffs to negotiate a deal with China?”
SANDERS: “That is one tool that you have. What the president is doing is totally irrational and destabilizing the entire world economy. 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. This kind of instability and irrationality on the part of the president is causing very serious harm to the entire world economy.
KEILAR: “I understand your criticism of that. But you say this would be a tool. Is it a tool that you would use? Would you use tariffs?”
SANDERS: “Yeah, of course. 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 because trade policies that we have had in the past have lost us millions of good paying jobs and were written primarily by large corporations at the expense of workers and farmers. We need a rational trade policy today, not what Trump is doing by tweet.”
The big picture: The populist Sanders has previously said that he does not believe in “unfettered free trade” and that he was “on the picket line in opposition to NAFTA” when it first came into effect….