Florida Senator Marco Rubio took a jab at President Trump’s negotiations with China, saying that the administration was “not winning,” rather losing the ongoing trade talks with the Communist nation.
Trump said that he would scrap or renegotiate all U.S. trade deals, and while he has had success in looking out for U.S. interests during most trade talks, it appears that the Chinese negotiations are not going as planned.
Rubio stated that China was “out-negotiating the administration & winning the trade talks right now,” adding that the Chinese “have avoided tariffs & got a #ZTE deal without giving up anything meaningful in return by using N.Korea talks & agriculture issues as leverage.”
Rubio also said that like President Obama did with the Cuba, Trump has allowed China to secure concessions “without giving up anything meaningful in return.”
The Senate Banking Committee blocked Trump from easing existing sanctions on China’s ZTE by approving an amendment to do so. Intelligence agencies have warned that the Chinese telecom company poses a clear risk to U.S. national security.
President Trump tweeted this doubt-filled tweet on the trade talks with China
Our Trade Deal with China is moving along nicely, but in the end we will probably have to use a different structure in that this will be too hard to get done and to verify results after completion.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2018