1. January 15 During the GOP debatenTrump denied that he had told the New York Times he had ever called for a 45% tariff on Chinese goods, saying “That’s wrong.”
The Times produced the audio. It was exactly right.
2. March 26: Trump lies, “There’s a tremendous tax that we pay when we (American businesses) go into China, whereas when China sells to us there’s no tax.” China’s tariffs are higher than those imposed by the United States.
Chinese exporters are taxed when they sell in the United States.
3. Trump said of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal
“was designed for China to come in, as they always do, through the back door and totally take advantage of everyone,” and currency manipulation “is not even discussed.”
He claimed that China would be hugely successful if the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is allowed to move proceed. He also suggested that China had used its influence to leave currency manipulation unaddressed in the treaty.
Trump was corrected by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) who correctly stated that China is not a party to TPP.