Biden’s newly confirmed commerce secretary admits Trump’s tariffs on China ‘have been effective’: Report

When it comes to tariffs on China, President Donald Trump made the right moves, according to one top official in his successor’s administration.

Biden Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo admitted in a Thursday interview that the evidence shows tariffs the Trump levied on Chinese products as president “have been effective,” the Daily Caller reported.

“We have to be honest”

The concession from the new secretary of commerce came during a talk with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle the day after Raimondo was sworn in.

“Former President Trump got a lot of credit from a headline basis for taking on China,” Ruhle told the Biden official, according to the Daily Caller. “But go beneath the headline, we didn’t win any trade war. How are you going to address China?”

In response, Raimondo blasted China’s behavior on trade as “anti-competitive” and “coercive,” and vowed that the Biden administration would be “tough on China.”

“We have to be honest, which is to say China’s behavior is anti-competitive, coercive, their human rights abuses are horrific, and they need to be held to account for that,” she said, as the Daily Caller reported.

“So, unlike President Trump’s approach of, you know, tweeting out a policy, President Biden’s been very clear, we’re going to be tough on China in a whole of government response,” the secretary added.

“Those tariffs have been effective”

Raimondo also indicated that the White House would be keeping its options open with regard to the communist nation. “There’s no one tool in our toolbox, but we have to recognize the magnitude that China’s behavior — the threat that it poses,” she said, according to the Daily Caller.

“We need to invest in America,” Raimondo declared. “How about investing in research and development in America, having an R&D strategy, making semiconductors in America, having the most trained workforce in the world in America?” she said. “I think that’s just as important as the defense.”

But when pressed on whether Trump’s tariffs would remain in place under Biden, Raimondo was forced to give the former president a measure of recognition.

“Let me say those tariffs have been effective,” the commerce secretary conceded, according to the Daily Caller. “The data show that those tariffs have been effective. And I think what President Biden has said is we’re going to have a whole of government review of all of these policies, and decide what it makes sense to maintain.”

According to NBC, Raimondo also told Ruhle on Thursday that “getting Americans back to work” is her top priority as commerce secretary. Only time will tell, however, if the policies her boss implements will be enough to get the workforce — and the economy — back on track.

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  1. Of course he is very successful biz man & carrying his God given talent & skills to our Beloved USA. PLIS HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING WHAT HE CAN TO SAVE US FROM THE EVILS OF COMM’SM & SOC”ISM, DESPITE THE BAN ON HIS FREEDOM OF SPEECH TO US CITZENS.

  2. Biden probably won’t Keep the tariffs in place. He has sold out to China and their money in his pocket. You don’t bite the hand that feeds you millions!

    1. If he cancels those tariffs then Biden needs to be canceled as well. Oh gosh! How are we to survive 4 years of this man? Will we have a country left? He just keeps making Trump look so good.

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  5. Biden is a Chinese puppet! It won’t be long before he lifts the tariffs. They’ll slip him some money and he’ll ship everyone’s job to China. After all they want a welfare state where everyone is dependent on the government.

  6. Of cores President Trump was right. He was not wrong very many times. When are the people of this country going to wake up and see what all the democrats are doing to this country and the people of this country. The democrats are doing every thing that they can do to destroy this country in every way that they can.

  7. I thank God that Biden is in office because he is honest enough to say that something Trump did was positive rather than what Trump did which was to try to tear down everything Obama put in place. Trump is totally responsible for the rise in bigotry in this country through his support for White Nationalists and that can only destroy our country.,

  8. I said in 2008 that Biden and Barack were / ARE CRIMINALS. Why isn’t Pelosi demanding an IMPEACHMENT for ALL of the BIDEN CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES???? Hunter Biden should be in prison on narcotics abuse and misuse. Hilary , Bill/Hill , Chelsea Clinton should e held accountable for their crimes . This is 1740 ‘s all over again.

  9. BIDEN IS PROBLEY GETTING A BONUS FOR LETTING CHINA OFF THE HOOK FROM CHINA. THE DEMOCRAPS ARE LIARS AND WILL STAB YOU IN THE BACK THEY ARE NOT GOOD FOR THIS COUNTRY

  10. ROFLMAO….does this child, Raimondo, really think we’re going to be tough on his puppet masters??? Push your hypocrisy elsewhere, child.

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