Donald Trump the Republican presidential front-runner, reacted against Chinese trade policy Sunday night, saying “we can’t continue to allow China to rape our country.” FOX News reports.
Trump has long accused China of manipulating its currency to boost the country’s exports. However, his remarks in Fort Wayne, Ind., Sunday mark a graphic escalation in his language. While he’s compared the policy to sexual assault before, this is the first time he’s done so as a presidential candidate.
The real estate mogul also called the U.S. the “the piggy bank that’s being robbed” as a result of its trade deficit with China, which reached an all-time high of $365.7 billion at the end of last year. The trade deficit measures the value of American goods exported to China, as well as the value of goods imported from China.
Trump’s comments are certain to stir controversy following his claim that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s success is dependent on her gender.
“The only card she has is the woman card,” Trump told “Fox News Sunday.” “Even women don’t like her. If she were not a woman, she would not even be in this race.”