Statement yesterday, as reported by Washington Examiner:
“[That country] really needs to make up its mind” … “Do they want to be in the community of nations, do they want to be part of the WTO and just behave like everybody else, or don’t they?”
“And if they don’t, then we, the community of nations, are going to have to think about what are we going to do about that?”… “Are we going to let them stay in the WTO?”
If you thought this was a reference to the administration’s unprecedented (and arbitary) implementation of Section 232 (national security based trade barriers), with regard to Turkish steel, you’d be wrong. Here’s the article. That’s CEA Chair Kevin Hassett on alleged Chinese violations of intellectual property protections.
“Nice Bretton Woods institution you got there. Shame if anything should happen to it…”
Here is Chad Bown’s discussion of the provocative nature of using Section 232. Here is commentary on Chinese violations of intellectual property rights, and how tariffs are an ineffective way of addressing valid concerns.