Sen. Dean Heller said he's willing to give President Donald Trump a "wide berth" when it comes to imposing tariffs on China, as the United States' current trade deficit "can't continue."
"He says we have an $800 billion trade deficit now," the Nevada Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "What do you have to lose? I'm going to give him a wide berth now. He is sending a message to China and the rest of the world, this can't continue."
On Monday, Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods.In a statement, the president said he'd asked U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to identify the Chinese products to be subject to the new tariffs.
The move is in retaliation for China's decision to raise tariffs on $50 billion of goods from the United States. China said Tuesday it plans to fight back over Trump's threat, with the Commerce Ministry criticized Trump's order blackmail. In a strong statement, it said Beijing is ready to "defend the interests of the Chinese people and enterprises."
Heller said one of the reasons "Reagan Democrats voted for this guy" was because he'd promised to preserve jobs, and he's "keeping his promises."
"He is sending messages around the world saying no more, no more piggy bank for the rest of the world," said Heller. "I just hope they get the message."
North Korea, he added, got Trump's message and that was why its regime came to the bargaining table.
"Look at the message he is sending to China," said Heller. "I believe they'll come to the table within weeks, not months, hopefully. What the president has done for this economy. It has been incredible. I got a report back from the governor's office last week. We're creating 40,000 jobs per month in the state of Nevada. No state has benefited more from the jobs act and the tax cuts than the state of Nevada. We're moving in the right direction."
In Nevada, tax cut legislation has meant an average of $2500 more a year in paychecks, said Heller, which will help them spend money for college tuitions and to put food on their tables.
"They're calling all these tax cuts crumbs," said Heller. "My opponent is calling it crumbs and that's fine because Nevada people know different. It doesn't matter if you raise $11million in a month if you don't have good candidates. Right now the senatorial committee doesn't have good candidates in Nevada."
Heller, who is seeking reelection, said he is running based on the strength of the tax law, as no state has benefited more from it than his own.
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