October 29, 2020

Pence and Harris clash over China trade war

Vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris drew a clear line Wednesday night on the U.S.-China trade war with Pence conveying a position of strength and Harris decrying the damage done to American farmers and manufacturers. “Joe Biden wants to repeal all of the tariffs that President Trump put into effect to fight for American jobs and American workers,” Pence, who was elected to the vice presidency in 2016, said during the debate held in Salt Lake City, Utah, less than a month before Election Day. Harris, a California senator, did not dispute Pence’s accusation about repealing the tariffs, but instead countered that Trump’s tariffs — and by extension the Chinese retaliatory tariffs on U.S. farm commodities — resulted in farm bankruptcies and thousands of lost manufacturing jobs.
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