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Ross Backs Trump's China Criticism With ‘Most Protectionist’ Dig

  • Commerce secretary cites ‘inherent clash’ in China-U.S. trade
  • Comments follow Trump tweets blasting China for trade deficits

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross criticized China as one of the most protectionist major countries on Friday, less than a week before President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping meet for the first time in Florida.

“My view is that the United States is about the least protectionist of the major countries --and that China is one of the most protectionist,” Ross said Friday during an interview on Bloomberg Television. “There’s an inherent clash between those two even though China uses a tremendous amount of free-trade rhetoric. We’d like the rhetoric and the behavior to become more congruent.”