Real estate mogul and ever-present TV personality Donald Trump has penned an open letter to President Barack Obama.
The letter was reportedly sent Thursday, and chided the president for “how little respect the Chinese government has for” him.
The missive came after Trump read an article in The New York Times entitled “China Imposes New Tariffs on U.S. Vehicles.”
Trump’s continued railing against the current state of Sino-American relations has been a staple of his political aspirations and a key talking point against President Obama.
Read the contents of that letter below:
Dear President Obama,
In reading today’s New York Times Business section, I came across an article written by Keith Bradsher entitled “China Imposes New Tariffs on U.S. Vehicles.” In fact, I had to take a second look to ensure that I was reading the article headline correctly. I did not need to read past the first sentence of the article before realizing how little respect the Chinese government has for you and your administration. In case you did not come across the article, the opening sentence reads, “The Chinese government increased trade tensions with the Obama administration Wednesday evening by unexpectedly imposing anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs on imports of support utility vehicles and midsize and large cars from the United States.”
This new and unfair tariff, which amounts to a 22 percent increase in the import price, evoked the weakest response imaginable from Carol Guthrie, a spokesperson for the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Her response was, “We are very disappointed in this action by China…. and will be discussing this latest action with both our stakeholders and Congress to determine the best course going forward.” For the past year, I have been clamoring to do exactly to China what they are now doing to us. When are you going to take a stand and stop permitting China to destroy our great nation? You should immediately issue a response to the President of China declaring that a 25 percent tax on every product China produces and imports into the United States will be immediately imposed.
How much more money are you willing to permit China to take from our economy? Isn’t 370 billion dollars a year enough? It’s time to wake up and realize that China is committing economic terrorism against the United States. You are single handedly allowing numerous countries to destroy our great nation and everything that we stand for.
Donald J. Trump