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Trump is Going to (Trade) War With China, and Dems May Be On His Side

Press reports indicate that President Trump, dissatisfied with China’s progress on North Korea, is ramping up a trade war with them. Democrats may agree.

A Trump sign in China

President Trump is stepping up the ‘sticks’ side of his carrot-and-stick approach to China, according to press reports out this week.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump is prepared “to open a broad investigation into China’s trade practices,” as soon as this week.

The White House is preparing to open a broad investigation into China’s trade practices, according to people with knowledge of the Trump administration’s plans, amid growing worries in the United States over a Chinese government-led effort to make the country a global leader in microchips, electric cars and other crucial technologies of the future.

…The investigation will focus on alleged Chinese violations of American intellectual property, according to three people with a detailed knowledge of the administration’s plans. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations were not yet public.

What’s even more extraordinary: Senate Democrats seemed to indicate they’re on the president’s side in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer encouraged the Republican president to skip the investigation and go straight to action against China.

“We should certainly go after them,” said Schumer in a statement. Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon and Sherrod Brown of Ohio also urged Trump to rein in China.

Trump’s decision may have to do with a lack of progress on North Korea. Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have only escalated, as the rogue nation tests intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of hitting the U.S.

Trump tweeted his displeasure with China, on trade and North Korea, last week: