Trump talks about economy, China, protesters
(16 Aug 2019) US President Donald Trump took his re-election campaign to a rally in New Hampshire on Thursday with a stark warning that failure to return him to the White House for a second term will cause financial markets to crash.
Trump also pushed to confront two key threats to his bid for re-election â€“ an energized field of Democratic rivals and the unsettling trade war with China.
He claimed credit for economic growth that was well under way even before he was elected and said people’s 401Ks would go “down the tubes” if he was not re-elected in 2020.
Trump took repeated swipes at Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren from neighboring Massachusetts, in the clearest sign yet that he considers her bid for the presidency as the greatest threat to victory in the Granite State primaries.
He warned New Hampshire voters against choosing his Democratic rivals.
The president said: “You’ve the best unemployment, you have the most successful state in the history of your state, and in the history of our country. And then you’re gonna vote for somebody else. Oh, great. Let’s vote for Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren.”
Trump also sought to reassure nervous voters that the trade war with China could easily be resolved because Beijing is keen to make a deal.
Mounting tension has unnerved financial markets that worry the global economy will tip into recession.
Trump says he plans to impose 10% duties on an additional $300 billion of Chinese imports, extending penalties to almost everything the United States buys from China.
But on Wednesday he postponed penalties on about 60% of those goods until December 15.
Among the products given a reprieve are mobile phones, laptops, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing that are popular during the upcoming holiday shopping season.
Trump told supporters in New Hampshire: “By the way, I never said China was gonna be easy, but it’s not tough. And they wanna make a deal. We just spoke to them yesterday. They wanna make a deal. They wanna make a deal, they have to make a deal. And you know what, it’d be wonderful to make a deal. I don’t think we’re ready to make a deal.”
Trump’s rally was briefly interrupted when some of his critics loudly made their objections known in the crowd as he was launching a diatribe against Democratic rivals.
The protesters were peacefully escorted out of the arena, and Trump went on to fat-shame an overweight man he believed was part of the protesters.
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