Tom Cotton: Americans Must Be Willing To Sacrifice For Trump’s Trade War

Cotton compared to the costs burdened by American consumers and businesses to the sacrifice of U.S. soldiers overseas.

Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton attempted on Monday to divert attention from the economic impact of the administration's increasingly high tariffs on Chinese goods by comparing the sacrifice of American companies and consumers to that of soldiers overseas, according to a statement retweeted by CBS.

"There will be some sacrifice on the part of Americans, I grant you that. But also that sacrifice is pretty minimal compared to the sacrifices that our soldiers make overseas that are fallen heroes or laid to rest," the Senator said on Twitter.

China has threatened to retaliate against the tariff hike president Trump imposed this Friday on over $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Beijing has yet to release details of the counter-measures, however.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said China is “determined and capable of safeguarding [its] legitimate rights and interests,” but claimed to have now details about the plan. China "will never surrender to external pressure," Shuang added, according to a Reuters statement quoted by CBS.

National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said on Sunday the tariff increase will hurt American consumers and companies as well as China. “Both sides will pay,” said Kudlow, speaking at Fox News Sunday. Trump has repeatedly denied this stance.

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