Election 2016

Trump Says He’d Cut Ties With China Over His Personal Business

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

If you're trying to make the case that your opponent is reckless and temperamentally unfit to hold office, it's always helpful when they make the case for you.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke to local NBC affiliate KSNV in Las Vegas where he said he would punish China for harming his business interests.

"Do you worry that a trade war would hurt tourism and your business interests here," asked Snyder.

Trump supported his comments saying, "It will actually help, we're just talking about fairness, not like tough like we're not going to do business. Just tough so the US can make something."

"But what if China said no more visas to go to Las Vegas and stay at Trump Tower," pressed Snyder.

"If China ever did that, and we cut off relationship with China, China would go bust so fast," said Trump.

This helpfully ties into what Democrats and the Clinton campaign have said about Trump's refusal to release his tax returns. We don't know how Trump's business interests may conflict with his presidential duties because we don't know what all of his interests are.

Trump's claim that he would cut ties with China if Chinese citizens aren't allowed to visit Trump's hotels is barely the tip of the shitberg. We know Trump has real estate holdings in other nations and he has clearly demonstrated that nothing is more important to him than his business.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump is a blurter. Whatever random thought passes through his head at any given moment is what falls out his pie hole. That’s bad enough in a presidential candidate. It would be disastrous in a president.

    Honestly, I think he was blustering that the US could be tougher on China than China could be on the US until the interviewer mentioned one of his businesses; then his dominate-or-be-dominated, I’m-a-badass personality took hold.

    Donald Trump must never be elected President of the United States.

    –alopecia

  • gescove

    “Tip of the shitberg.” Perfect.

  • Badgerite

    Oh Jesus. The Trump Monster is probably not even cognizant of the fact that China is a major US Debt holder for federal, state and local governments? So, all of his huffing and puffing is really for show. There is absolutely no way either country can afford a trade war. The economies are actually rather intertwined.
    I can see why this Richie Rich kid spent his life going belly up and having to be bailed out by his father, and later defrauded investors and later the Russians. He really is an idiot. Financially. And that is supposed to be his “strong” suit. God help the Republic.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Is Trump aware of gradations of responses or is he only capable of deploying the nuclear option?

    They stop issuing visas, so we sever all financial ties and scorched Earth both of our economies?