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MURPHY STATEMENT ON TRUMP’S TRADE AGREEMENT CAPITULATION TO CHINA

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Friday slammed the president’s trade agreement capitulation to China:

“The deal Trump just announced with China is the exact outcome we feared. Trump single-handedly took down the U.S. economy with tariffs that killed 300,000 jobs, and this deal doesn’t commit China to any serious structural reforms. What on earth did Trump put us through this economic hell for? ” said Murphy. “U.S. farm exports to China plummeted last year by $12 billion, and then Trump made taxpayers shell out $28 billion in emergency farm payouts. The promises China is making in this deal don’t come close to making up for the billions we have already lost and spent on Trump’s nonsensical trade war.

Murphy continued: “This is classic Donald Trump—escalating a crisis for show and ratcheting it down with no wins for the U.S. when it’s politically-expedient. This is what he always does, and its American families who pay the price.” 

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