Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems want answers on DOJ ObamaCare decision The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Kim make history with summit Schumer blames congressional GOP for net neutrality repeal MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Seth McFarlane: Fox News makes me 'embarrassed' to work for this company 'Art of the Deal' co-author: Trump would act like Kim Jong Un if he had the same powers MORE’s decision to place tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods.
In an interview with John Catsimatidis, Schumer said he thought Trump was right to place tariffs on China because, he said, the country is acting unfairly toward the U.S.
“China takes total advantage of the United States. They steal our intellectual property using cyber theft," Schumer said.
“Not only do they steal our intellectual property, they keep our good companies out, and say the only way you’re going to be able to sell your American products in China … is if you come to China, make them there, and give us the techniques and intellectual property,” he added.
Schumer, though often a vocal critic of the president, has previously voiced support for Trump’s stance on U.S. trade policies with China, though he has cautioned the president not to let Chinese President Xi Jinping “play” him in the negotiations.
Schumer told Catsimatidis on Sunday that he urged Trump in a phone call a few weeks ago to carry out his plan to impose tariffs on China.
“It’s going to take a little bit of toughness at the beginning. China will bark back. But they need us more than we need them — President Trump is right about that — and we should be strong. So I thought what he did on China is right,” Schumer said.
But, Schumer warned against "making war" with other U.S. allies.
"Making war with all the allies, particularly Canada … makes less sense," Schumer said. "We should focus on China, they're the ones hurting us, and they hurt everybody. If we do nothing about it, it's long-term real damage to America."
Trump announced the tariffs Friday morning, prompting China's Commerce Ministry to release a scathing statement that expressed staunch opposition to Trump's move, accusing his administration of being “fickle” and “provoking a trade war” by imposing such massive tariffs.
The first round of tariffs will hit 545 U.S. products worth about $34 billion, including agricultural products, such as soybeans, corn and wheat, automobiles, beef, pork and seafood, and will start July...