WATCH: Brit Hume expresses a big concern about Trump’s trade war with China…

Brit Hume weighed in tonight on Trump’s trade war with China on Fox News’ Special Report.

Watch below:



Hume didn’t seem to be dead set against the trade war, acknowledging that there isn’t much Trump can do about China’s bad behavior other than using tariffs.

The one thing he worried about, though, was whether China could outlast the US even though it’s clearly in a weaker position and suffering more so economically. The reason for that concern, according to Hume, is based on the fact that China is not a democratic country that’s responsive to it’s people like the US and that they could potentially wait us out, ignoring the suffering of their people.

He did note that much of the criticism from the right that Trump’s gotten in the past has subsided these days, and he believes it’s because people on the right recognize that “you have to take on these people somehow”, referring obviously to China.

And lastly, he’s not convinced that paying off farmers through subsidies is going to successfully counter these tariffs. It can get very expensive doing it this way.

Watch the video for more…

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iVillageIdiot
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It’s not the suffering of the people that China will heed. It’s the loss of foreign manufacturing investment and business that moves out of China due to the “trade war” that will bring them to heel. Already India reports that 200 such foreign companies are seeking to relocate to it from China. It’s the trickle before the flood. China’s one belt will not serve them if they’ve lost much of the one road to other countries.

Monkeywench
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I respect Brit Hume, but I am not convinced he understands all of the nuances of the fight with the dragon.

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Some leftest was on one of the Sunday shows and kept harping on using the WTO and how Obama went to the WTO and won the cases. The problem is, the WTO has no teeth. They make a ruling in our favor and then China just ignores it. As Bret said, it’s come down to tariffs being the only choice left.

Yes, China could just let their people starve–they do that anyway. But to act like this is going to cause us the same level of pain is ridiculous. We have many more options.

One thing I would watch for, however, is Russia stepping in to “help” their “ally.”

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It will cost China more… someone had to tell China, “enough is enough.” Many here prefer to keep bending over backward to the Chinese… I’m still wondering why continue the DC establishment way?

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Getting tough on China means nothing unless we also get tough on American domestic economic policy.

Which nobody – NOBODY – is serious about doing. So, if we’re going to run our economy into the ground and do absolutely nothing to stop it, then I guess it means we WANT China to take over as the global economic leader.

So, let it go already Cic. I want cheap goods. If America needlessly inflates the consumer price with artificial overheads, then I’ll shop somewhere that doesn’t. Xiexie.

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“We know that China is using the proceeds of commerce with us to expand its military…senior officers talking about killing Americans. So we need to disentangle our economies, because we need to stop feeding the enemy that threatens us.” Gordon Chang, interviewed 5/13/19 by Tony Perkins on Washington Watch. You can hear the interview about 18 minutes into the program. He says China steals about $300 to $400 billion on intellectual property from us every year. He suggests that cutting off trade with China will compel factories to move from China to Central America, thus improving nearby economies and helping our border situation. He also talks about XI Jinping’s repression of all, especially religious minorities. It’s a totalitarian state, and he thinks we should be using all our pull to reduce world trade with China. Business is not the only factor. American national security shouldn’t be held hostage to short-term… Read more »

Louisiana_Native
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Honestly, the only fun Im getting out of this, is telling my friends how STUPID they were to elect this liberal windbag!

AT
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Oh, hell yea. I’ve been loving the I Told You So game since January 2017.

kong1967
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I pretty much agree with him. I am against tariffs as a practice but something needs to be done about China and we don’t have a lot to work with. It makes me nervous, and Trump has the ability to ratchet it up a lot more. That may be what it takes and even though it will hurt China a lot more than us it may not work. Trump better hope it does.

Louisiana_Native
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It will hurt us plenty when prices go sky high from tariffs. The Sh%^ always rolls downhill to the consumer. Right after the great depression, the President raised tariffs which in part led to WWII! What the HELL is he doing??!!!!!!! Im done giving him the benefit of the doubt. I want him gone! I told everyone here to vote for Cruz, LOOK AT YOU NOW!

Dr. Strangelove
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You told us, huh? If only we had followed your orders, it would be sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.

kong1967
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Dr. StrangeloveDr. Strangelove If only I knew I could have voted for Cruz. Come to think of it, I don’t recall him being on the ballot.

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kong1967kong1967 Yeah, too bad that he wasn’t here to give us his sage advice during the primaries.

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Dr. StrangeloveDr. Strangelove No doubt.

kong1967
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Louisiana_Native Cruz was my choice as well, but he wasn’t on the Presidential ticket against Hillary. You might want to think twice before you point fingers. The only other option was to vote for Hillary or not vote…which would have helped Hillary anyway. Is that who you would rather be in the WH? The point of the tariffs is that we can hurt them a lot worse than they can hurt us, thus forcing them to come to the table and renegotiate better trade deals that give us better access to their markets. Yeah, it’s going to hurt us in the short term, but we can’t forget the other countries are getting hit a lot harder. We have more leverage. Is it the right strategy? I dunno, but it looks as if we have no choice. All I can say is Trump’s time is running out so if he doesn’t… Read more »

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kong1967kong1967 Targeted tariffs, yeah. But our other trading partners have compromised and he hasn’t lifted the tariffs on them. That’s not good.

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Tariff Man to the rescue.

kong1967
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AvatarDinoDoc I don’t think Trump would look good in tights and a cape.

kong1967
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Dr. StrangeloveDr. Strangelove And Congress won’t approve the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico until he removes the tariffs. It may happen soon.

There could be more tariffs placed on Europe too…soon. They don’t want to negotiate as long as Trump is threatening tariffs. But why would they negotiate without any pressure?

I’m more worried about China where the big time money is at. There’s a lot more Trump can do to them, and probably a lot less they can do to us. It’s going to be a case of who blinks first. It will hurt China a lot more but do they really care if their people starve?

I don’t know. Trump better work fast and get results fast or he’ll be a one term President.

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@Kong Right, that’s the problem. They take the long view. The elites won’t miss any meals as they wait for the next administration. You never know, though, they could blink first.

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Dr. StrangeloveDr. Strangelove And counting on Trump to lose may be a mistake as well. If he’s able to pull through without a huge downturn he may still pull it off. If he gets this resolved before then it will be a lot easier for him.

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WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – U.S. Department of Agriculture has paid out $7.7 billion so far to farmers, William Northey, Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation, said on Friday, in aid designed to offset the negative impact of tariff imposition.

Trump has pledged up to $12 billion in aid to help offset losses for crops hit by retaliatory Chinese tariffs imposed in response to Washington’s tariffs on Chinese goods.

Not bad, in 7 months it only cost the US taxpayer $1.1 B/month.
July 2018 to Feb 2019

https://money.usnews.com/investing/news/articles/2019-02-22/us-farmers-receive-77-billion-in-trade-aid-to-date-usda

kong1967
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sam But that’s a one-sided argument. No mention of how China’s behavior and trade practices have cost us billions and have hurt American businesses. No mention of how a victory could be a great boost in the opposite direction. No mention of how continuing to do nothing will cost us an untold amount of harm to our economy while boosting China’s. I get that it’s a risk that has it’s short term downfalls and possibly may not work, but it’s a farce to ignore why it’s being done and that it has a possibility of correcting bad trade practices by China. Maybe we should start diverting our trade somewhere else and start doing more for ourselves. Maybe we could build a lot more plants in Mexico and Central America and work with them instead of China. Maybe that will help turn those countries around so people aren’t swarming our border.… Read more »

Dr. Strangelove
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Avatarsam The ag sector has been losing money for the last 5 or 6 years, it’s not just the tariffs.

sam
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Dr. StrangeloveDr. Strangelove
I know, we used to farm, but “this” loss is directly a result of tariffs.

Dr. Strangelove
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Avatarsam If you farm, then you know that China buys their beans and grain from South America this time of year.

sam
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Yes, Brazil, Uruguay, etc.

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Going after China is a good thing and about time someone had the balls.
However, the economy being Trumps great achievement is something that all the communists here and around the world Hate! I think the little commie over there will/is working with them all and especially in DC to make sure they tank the economy to get the 2020 nod…
No they won’t get it from us but the McConnells and his Progressives and Nancy and her brownshirts will.
In a “normal and civil” time, he would have everyone on board with this…
That’s not the case anymore…

AT
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Someone call up Fox News and tell them to turn the autoplay off in their videos.

DinoDoc
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“And lastly, he’s not convinced that paying off farmers through subsidies is going to successfully counter these tariffs. It can get very expensive doing it this way.”

There’s a quote that deals with that situation. It’s just on the tip of my tongue. Something about socialists eventually running out of other people’s money.

tyman
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Trump says that we’re getting the money from China, but it’s really the American consumer who is paying these tariffs.

But Trump keeps saying it…

TJK ✓
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I will give POTUS the benefit of the doubt…for the time being.

Louisiana_Native
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I’ve been doing that for 2 years! Im done!

Sentinel
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I just want this resolved – the quicker the better.

Louisiana_Native
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Vote Cruz in 2024. That is the ONLY way!

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