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Trump Pivots on Trade From ‘China is Raping Our Country’ to ‘I Don’t Blame China’

After spending the last two years declaring China is “raping” the United States’ economy, claiming the country’s modus operandi is to “Lie, Cheat & Steal in all international dealings,” and suggesting he alone could “win against China,” President Donald Trump has now changed his tune, reassuring the Chinese that he does not “blame” them for trade issues.

During his first trip to China as president, Trump applauded the country’s market methods, saying, “I don’t blame China. After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for benefit of their citizens? I give China great credit.”

Rather than using the same anti-Chinese trade talking points he has used for years, when in China Trump shifted to attacking his predecessors, claiming presidents in the past had kowtowed to Beijing and allowed the “trade deficit to take place and to grow.”

“We want a vibrant trade relationship with China. We also want a fair and reciprocal one. Today, I discussed with President Xi the chronic imbalance in our relationship as it pertains to trade and the concrete steps it will take to solve the problem of massive trade distortion,” he added.

From “they’re ripping us off” to “I don’t blame China,” Trump’s change on the communist country may have to do with the need to ally against North Korea — as the president is requesting the Chinese follow sanctions and decrease trade with the DPRK.

“The entire civilized world must unite to confront the North Korea menace,” Trump said.

Watch above via Bloomberg and MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin.

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