Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) this week suggested President Trump has not named China a currency manipulator because Beijing has successfully curried favor with the White House by granting 38 trademark applications to the Trump Organization.
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The Associated Press reported on March 8 that China has preliminarily approved the 38 trademarks for the Trump Organization, prompting Stabenow to claim it is “difficult” not to link those approvals with the currency manipulation issue.
“It is impossible not to raise questions about what is going on when this president said that on day one that he would call China to task, protect American jobs and call on them — name them — a currency manipulator,” Stabenow said at a March 8 press conference.
Stabenow and other Senate Democrats have raised the trademark issue before, and they have also complained about Trump not naming China a currency manipulator, but this is the first time the two have been explicitly linked.