Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Trump: 'Who the Hell Cares If There's a Trade War?'

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Trump: 'Who the Hell Cares If There's a Trade War?'

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LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Donald Trump wanted to talk trade, telling an audience here that the country is "getting killed" and losing jobs. He ticked off the names of companies that have moved or planned to move their business overseas - and if they do that while he's president, he said, they're going to pay a 35 percent import tax. "And these dummies say, Oh well, that's a trade war.' Trade war? We're losing $500 billion in trade with China. Who the hell cares if there's a trade war? Trump said.

"Five-hundred billion, and you're talking about a trade war, Trump said. China is "behaving very, very badly by devaluing its currency, he said, adding that once he is president, China will "behave and China will be our friend.

The presumptive presidential nominee headlined a fundraiser here to help New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie retire his campaign debt. Attendees were charged $200, though some said they didn't pay anything to get in the door, and students ponied up $35. Christie introduced Trump, with the two hugging and slapping each other on the back.

"He has brought greatness to every enterprise he has ever led, Christie said of Trump.

But the crowd at a National Guard Armory, whose drop ceiling was outfitted with crystal-studded chandeliers, was here for one person: Trump. The businessman spent a good chunk of time on trade, decrying NAFTA and vowing to bring back American jobs.

"My trade deal is very simple, he said. "Here's what it is: I'm going to make great deals for our country.

The candidate cited the example of Carrier, an air conditioner company that plans to leave Indiana for Mexico, as a business that likely wouldn't leave if there were a 35 percent tariff tacked on to their imports. Trump often talked about the company while campaigning in Indiana, a state whose GOP primary he won handily.

"As president of the United States, am I allowed to call the president of an air conditioning company? …

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