At a recent Congressional primary debate between Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and Neal Tapio, Krebs apparently doubled down on her comments in support of the brewing trade war between President Trump and China, and that she “appreciate what President Trump is trying to do”
Question: What do you think of the Trump Tariffs and the trade war (my term) with China.
Krebs: I appreciate what President Trump is trying to do.
Trump is trying to deal with China and open new markets.
China continually steals our intellectual properties and provides no recourse to fix it.
The story about seeing a truck with a fake version of the Triple M logo, instead says triple N.
She is the only one with an agricultural background and has spent time in China opening up markets for South Dakota agricultural products.
Tapio: $300 billion trade deficit in the United States. A $500 billion dollar trade imbalance.
Agrees that China steals our I.P.s
China is a currency manipulator plus we have with them a great product to product imbalance.
Trump is treating this issue correctly but taking it head-on.
It’s a terrible situation right now economically, but it has to be done.
Trump is doing Bi-lateral negotiation. And that is also partly why he is pushing renegotiation NAFTA and China.
I waited patiently and tried to get a better answer on the Trump Tariff issue; I just asked what she thought about tariffs in general?
Krebs gave me a real quick sound bite answer about supporting President Trump in his efforts, an obvious repeat talking point.
She came off to me from this sounding over-produced, and a tad slimy. Not willing to engage or answer questions with any honest thought. I know she isn’t trying to sound dishonest, just trying to keep to the safe script. So I recommend taking this how you may.
I should also point out that her speaking and presentation during the forum was excellent.
The bonus part of the reporter’s story is also a bit attention grabbing in it’s stunning criticism of Krebs as “not willing to engage or answer questions with any honest thought.” That’s not good.