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Democrat Sherrod Brown ‘Hopeful’ About Trump’s Trade Discussion With China, But ‘Not Clear’ Yet if Trump Got it Right

Although at the G20 summit, President Donald Trump put a pin in his trade battle with China, agreeing to halt tariffs on the nation in exchange for its purchase of more U.S. goods, not everyone is sure whether the upcoming deal will be a good one.

Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a likely 2020 candidate, expressed mild skepticism about the future of the deal, but is holding out hope. He’s not sure, though, that the commander in chief is making the right moves.

“I can’t tell,” he said Sunday. “I think it’s important to step back and understand why all of this with China — and that is that half the world’s steel capacity is in China, half the world’s aluminum smelding (sic) capability is in China. They’ve had a history — decades of cheating on trade rules.”

Appearing to show a certain level of distrust in China, Brown said one way to keep the country in check was the use of tariffs that Trump is pausing.

“The whole point of tariffs is the tariffs are a temporary tool to reach a negotiation and to make change with Chinese-U.S. Relationships and what we’re doing with trade policy,” he said.

On how well the president was handling the matter, the senator didn’t seem certain.

“I’m hopeful–it’s not clear to me yet that the president’s done this right, but I’m hopeful, from the early stages of this.”

Watch the clip above via CNN.
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