On Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump made hefty accusations against China during his national “Thank You” tour. He accused the communist nation of “massive theft of intellectual property,” of levying “unfair taxes on our companies,” “not helping with the menace of North Korea like they should.” and that they “haven’t played by the rules, and they know it’s time that they’re going to start.”
At the Des Moines, Iowa rally, Trump then asked rhetorically after making the claims: “Other than that, they have been wonderful, right?” Prompting laughter from the audience, Trump then invited Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad onstage and praised his pick to be the next ambassador to China.
Of the Governor, Trump said Branstad “knew how to get things done” and would improve “one of the most important relationships we have.” A positive trait Trump pointed out about Branstad is his unique friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, proclaiming there would be “mutual respect” between Washington and Beijing.
“We’re going to have mutual respect, and China is going to benefit and we’re going to benefit,” Trump said. “And Terry is going to lead the way.”
Earlier before the Iowa stop, Trump made his way to Columbus, Ohio for a thirty minute visit to the victims of the Ohio State University attack. “These are great people, amazing people,” said Trump. “The families have come through this so well.” The President-elect also paid tribute to the first responders who aided the victims and shot the attacker, student Abdul Ali Razak Artan.
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