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Mitt Romney defends Trump's China trade war tariffs as a "sacrifice"

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) endorsed President Trump's move to further tax Chinese goods, calling it "essential to keep China from continuing to kill our jobs."

"The Chinese don’t write checks to the American treasury. We’re paying for the cost of the tariff. But it’s a sacrifice, I think, which is essential to keep China from continuing to kill our jobs and kill our businesses and employ people.”
— Romney told CNN's Jake Tapper

The other side: Romney called going after Mexico, Canada and the European Union for steel and aluminum tariffs a bad idea. "All the focus ought to be on China," he said.

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