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Tags: chris murphy | trade war | north korea | china | us

Sen. Chris Murphy Concerned Trade War Could Harm NKorea Efforts

Sen. Chris Murphy Concerned Trade War Could Harm NKorea Efforts
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By    |   Wednesday, 07 March 2018 02:41 PM EST

The timing of President Donald Trump instituting tariffs on steel and aluminum could harm efforts to bring North Korea into negotiations, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"China is the key, ultimately, to getting North Korea to the negotiating table in a meaningful manner. But when you are putting this issue on the table and setting off a trade war, it makes it a lot harder to do something on North Korea," Murphy said.

The Democrat senator said he is open to taking action against China since that country has engaged in a trade war with the U.S. "When you're talking about tariffs, I'm not somebody who says you never do them, just because there might be some consequence to the U.S. economy. It's just how you do it, how you notice our allies and the timing of it all, and that's what is a mess here."

The U.S. being in a trade war with China is an "open secret," Murphy said. "It's just that they are fighting it, and we, by and large, have not been."

China has been asked to put together a plan on how to reduce its trade surplus with the U.S., Trump wrote in a tweet Wednesday.

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The timing of President Donald Trump instituting tariffs on steel and aluminum could harm efforts to bring North Korea into negotiations, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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