Donald Trump is surging in the GOP primary polls, partly on the basis of a carefully crafted reputation for telling it as it is. Even rival Ted Cruz thinks Trump is “teriffic” and “brash,” saying, “I think he tells the truth.” But when he comes to China’s exchange rate policy, he is about as far from the truth as he could get.
Last week Jake Tapper, host of CNN's "State of the Union,"
interviewed Trump on a wide range of issues. It wasn’t long before the
conversation turned to trade, jobs, and China. “You have to take the
jobs back from China” before you can even begin to solve problems like
the national debt and healthcare, Trump asserted.
pointed to a Trump necktie he had put on for the occasion. “Isn’t it
hypocritical of you to talk about this,” he asked, “while you’re
manufacturing your clothes in China?”
“Not at all,” Trump replied.
“A lot of them are made in China, because they've manipulated their
currency to such a point that it's impossible for our companies to
compete with them.”
So, does China really manipulate its currency?
Can we blame China for the lack of American competitiveness? We’re
going to hear a lot about Chinese currency manipulation before this
presidential campaign is over, so it might be a good idea to do some
fact checking right at the outset. >>>Read more