President Trump mocked his Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden as a “diehard globalist” pinning trade policies on the 36-year senator that caused the outsourcing of Michigan jobs.
President Trump who held a successful rally in the Detroit suburb of Waterford Township, Michigan said as a Diehard Globalist, “He destroyed your industry, but I brought it back. At every turn, Biden twisted the knife into the back of Michigan workers and workers all over the country.”
President Trump had a slim victory in Michigan in 2016, along with Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The three traditionally Democratic Rust Belt states made him president, and most political experts say he has to win at least one to win the 2020 election.
Mr. Trump most often slammed Biden’s 1993 vote as a Delaware senator in favor of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and Biden’s advocacy for China joining the World Trade Organization in 2001.
The newly Trump-renegotiated US-Mexico-Canada trade pact started in July. It increases minimum wages for auto production to make US labor costs more competitive and boosts the percentage of cars that must be made in the three countries to avoid tariffs.
“A vote for me is to keep and create auto jobs and all sorts of jobs in Michigan where they belong. I ended the NAFTA nightmare and replaced it with the brand new USMCA, just kicked in. You know how I know it’s good? Because Mexico and Canada aren’t so happy,” Trump said in Michigan.
President Trump, who also has waged a trade war with the Chinese government in a bid to force reforms, said Biden cannot be trusted to hit a hard bargain while talking about documents from Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop that links the former vice president to a 2017 business proposal with a Chinese energy firm.
Details of the business negotiation which described a 10 percent cut for “the big guy,” were corroborated last week by former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski.
“They took billions of dollars from the Chinese Communists while Vice President Biden shipped Michigan jobs to China. How the hell can you have somebody fighting for you against China and he’s getting money, he and his family are getting millions and millions of dollars?” President Trump said.
RealClearPolitics polling averages show that Biden leads by 6.5 percentage points in Michigan, 6.4 points in Wisconsin, and 3.6 points in Pennsylvania. But Trump is believed to have understated support in most polls. In 2016, a final polling average had him losing Michigan by 3.4 points, but he finished ahead by .3 percent.
President Trump is outshining Biden in the closing days of the campaign as he had three rallies Friday, with stops in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and four rallies in Pennsylvania coming on Saturday. He will host five swing-state rallies Sunday and another five Monday, including some stops in the Midwest.