Democratic Senator for Massachusetts, Ms Elizabeth Warren, discussed the current White House Administration’s foreign policy whilst on a trip in Asia where she met with various senior Chinese officials including Mr Liu He, the vice-premier for economic policy and the minister of defence, Mr Wei Fenghe.
The possible 2020 Democratic Presidential contender said Mr Trump’s foreign policy efforts so far continue to “take the legs out from underneath our diplomatic corps” and had overall been a “terrible mistake”.
According to her, the US will only be able to call the upcoming meeting with North Korea a success if certain verifiable steps towards denuclearization could be taken after the reunion between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim, an event she doubts will ever happen.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sen. Warren apologizes for America's foreign policy overseas! Are you kidding me? Is she getting ready for a Presidential run? I hope so. Trump is going to destroy her! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pocahontas?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Pocahontas</a> <a href="https://t.co/P8vlNRcQhT">https://t.co/P8vlNRcQhT</a></p>— JamieR (@Jamierodr10) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jamierodr10/status/980636623636451330?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Furthermore, Ms Warren claimed that the negotiations should be undertaken by the state department officials or senior diplomats (Mr Trump last month fired Secretary of State Mr Rex Tillerson and replaced him with current CIA Director, Mr Mike Pompeo).
When it comes to matters of trade policy, Ms Warren claims that the US indeed needed a rethink in terms of the US-China deficit and does not necessarily see an issue with imposing tariffs.
Asked about the previous White House Administration’s policy with regards to these matters, Ms Warren stated: “The whole policy was misdirected.”
“We told ourselves a happy face story that never fit with the facts. Now US policymakers are starting to look more aggressively at pushing China to open up the markets without demanding a hostage price of access to US technology.”
Ms Warren also told Chinese officials that their country “fails to respect basic human rights”.