It wasn’t too long ago that the Democrats were jumping up and down over Trump’s plan to increase tariffs on Chinese goods, claiming a trade war is not in the U.S. best interests. Ironically, the Biden team has admitted the tariffs have just succeeded.

During White House media conference on Wednesday, April 7, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo was asked if the Biden administration would compel Chinese tech company ByteDance to sell off its most visible app, TikTok, and to offer a “broad view of your advice to President Biden on tariffs with regard to China.”

Raimondo said that her “broad view is: What we do on offense is more important than what we do on defense,” according to a White House transcript. But she would not agree one way or the other whether they would pressure ByteDance to unload the destructive TikTok.

She also praised President Joe Biden’s infrastructure strategy for the umpteenth time during the press conference, admitting tariffs on communist China is not such a bad thing after all.

“With respect to tariffs, there is a place for tariffs. You know the 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum have, in fact, helped save American jobs in the steel and aluminum industries. So what do we do with tariffs? We have to level the playing field. No one can outcompete the American worker if the playing field is leveled,” Raimondo said.

“And the fact is, China has — China’s actions are uncompetitive, coercive, underhanded. They’ve proven they’ll do whatever it takes,” she continued. 

“And so I plan to use all the tools in my toolbox, as aggressively as possible, to protect American workers and businesses from unfair Chinese practices,” she added.


In an interview with MSNBC last month, Raimondo also made similar remarks, although the interviewer Stephanie Ruhle made it clear she did agree.

Ruhle asked: “Former President Trump got a lot of credit from a headline basis for taking on China,” “But go beneath the headline, we didn’t win any trade war. How are you going to address China?”

Raimondo answered: “We have to be honest, which is to say, China’s behavior is anti-competitive, coercive, their human rights abuses are horrific, and they need to be held to account for that.

“So, unlike President Trump’s approach of, you know, tweeting out a policy, President Biden’s been very clear. We’re going to be tough on China in a whole-of-government response.”

Raimondo pointed out those tariffs were effective and cogent enough that the Biden administration has chosen to continue, and it is  stopping China from dumping excessive cheap steel and aluminum onto the world market.

“Let me say those tariffs have been effective. The data show that those tariffs have been effective. And I think what President Biden has said is we’re going to have a ‘whole of government’ review of all of these policies, and decide what it makes sense to maintain,” she said.

Although the mentioned trade policy was still effective when Trump left office, the Biden team now only keeps refers to them in headlines, mostly on social media.