U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Old Jefferson championed President Donald Trump's approach to two east Asian issues in an appearance Tuesday (June 5) on the Fox Business television channel. The House Republican whip backed the GOP president on taxing imports from China and on rapprochement with North Korea.
"Everybody already knows that China has been dumping, and that China goes around and violates the rules of trade agreements," Scalise said. "The fact that he's actually saying we're not going to take this anymore, I think that's a good sign.
"Ultimately, you don't want to see a trade war. But if you see that the president is standing up for our country, I think that's going to help us with other trade deals."
Trump is scheduled to meet North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, in an unprecedented summit June 12 in Singapore. When asked to define a successful summit, Scalise said it's establishing relationships between the United States and North Korea and between North Korea and South Korea, and taking steps toward removing nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula.
"I don't think he has to walk away with all the nukes in a cargo plane, but let's at least see some movement toward denuclearization in a way for us to verify that," Scalise said.
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