LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Just back from what he calls a successful trade mission to China, Governor Rick Snyder is telling us tonight he has some concerns about President-elect Donald Trump’s comments about that Communist country.
6 News asked the governor if he is concerned about Mr. Trump’s rhetoric about China as it relates to Michigan making gains there.
His response was a terse “we’ll have to wait and see.”
Gov. Snyder reports he had a successful trade mission to China last week.
He says Michigan will increase both its imports to and exports from China.
But the governor says he appreciates concerns being expressed over the inflammatory rhetoric Mr. Trump expressed during the campaign aimed at the Chinese demands for free trade.
“They send their products over, no tax, no nothing,” said the governor. “And I don’t want tax, I want free trade. The problem with free trade: it only works when you have really smart leaders. When you have leaders that are incompetent, it is a disaster.”
Mr. Trump has been vocal about slapping tariff or taxes on Chinese products coming into this country.
“They have to be smart tariffs. These are issues that will take some time to work out,” adds Snyder. “He’s (Trump) still President-elect, lot of issues to work through. I appreciate the concerns.”
The governor reports he has some work to do on developing a relationship with the president-elect whom he did not endorse during the campaign.
When asked if he has a relationship with Mr. Trump the governor said “No. I’ve met him one time but I look forward to building a relationship. I’m just trying to congratulate him on his victory and looking forward to working together with him.”
So it’s safe to say Mr. Trump has not invited Governor Snyder over for a beer. “No, I have not been invited to Trump Tower and I’m just glad that I’m back from China,” admitted Snyder.
The Trump-Snyder relationship; a work in progress.