Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

China: Trump Is Right on Unfair Trade

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

China: Trump Is Right on Unfair Trade

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President Donald Trump was elected to upset the status quo, and he has certainly succeeded.

Even America's media giants can't seem to get a grasp on him.

On the man-bites-dog media scene, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently wrote that Trump is right about China.

The Chinese government has taken advantage of America, Friedman wrote.

China unfairly protects its own companies from foreign competition:

- By limiting access.

- By demanding foreign companies take on a Chinese partner and transfer our intellectual property to China as the price of access.

- By giving low-interest loans to Chinese companies in order to grow and buy foreign competitors.

China has a plan to become a world leader in electric vehicles, artificial intelligence, semiconductors, bio-pharmacy and more, Friedman writes.

America is being played by the Chinese. And it's time to fight back.

WALL STREET JOURNAL'S REACTION

Some of the harshest criticism of the Trump administration can be found on the editorial page of America's bible of conservatism, The Wall Street Journal.

Of course, Trump is more of a populist than a conservative.

Here are recent Journal comments:

- On Trump's staff: "It's impossible to run a communications operation, or a policy shop, if the top man prefers chaotic, make-it-up-as-you-go management. ... Members of Congress tell us they have no clear idea whom to talk to with a question about specific policies."

- On Trump's Twitter addiction: "Mr. Trump diminished his own standing by causing a minor international incident, demonstrated that the loyalty he demands of the people who work for him isn't reciprocal, set back his policy goals and wasted time that he could have devoted to health care, tax reform or infrastructure week. Mark it all down as further evidence that the most effective opponent of the Trump presidency is Donald J. Trump."

TRUMP SPOKESMEN

White House press conferences were once interesting. No more.

Press spokesman Sean Spicer's typical response to a question is that he hasn't spoken to the president on the subject or that the question needs to be posed to some other government office.

In a Brookings piece, the best attributes for such a press spokesman were itemized by Ted Sorensen, speech writer and counselor to President John F. Kennedy:

- Levity: Humor, especially self-deprecating humor, helps lower the tension level in the room.

- Charity: It helps if the spokesperson likes reporters. If not, professional reporters are quick to sense it. Hillary Clinton's disdain for reporters, for instance, was clear, unlike her husband's folksy charm.

- Clarity and brevity: "I don't know but I'll find out" is the best answer so long as you actually follow up. Trying to spin your way out of a corner just digs a hole in your credibility. …

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