President Trump on Thursday before an evening rally in New Hampshire spoke on the US-China topic. In a radio interview, the president highlighted how well the U.S. economy is doing and why it was so important for the United States to make these changes with China. The interview was on the “New Hampshire Today” show to discuss the issue.

“The economy is phenomenal right now with a normalized interest rate, we’re doing phenomenal,” the president said. The reason why they needed to make changes with China was, “They were ripping our country like has never happened before in history.” The president went on to say they were taking out “$500 billion a year—500 billion and that’s not including intellectual property theft, which they were stealing like crazy.”

The president said it was something he had to do, and that it should have been done before by “Obama and Bush,” but it wasn’t and it was crucial to act on it now. The president said they have been making “tremendous progress” with China and that they would love to make a deal. However, the president made it clear this time the deal has to be done on America’s terms. For years there had been bad negotiations between the United States and China. President Trump said he doesn’t “blame China” for any of it. He said, “I blame the people that led our country, they should have never allowed it. There was no reason for them to allow this to happen—that they would take it out over $500 billion a year. Ridiculous.”

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On a separate topic, the president also threw his support behind his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who is considering a run for the Senate in his home state of New Hampshire. The president praised Lewandowski as “a very outstanding guy.” President Trump said he thought Lewandowski would be hard to beat if he decides to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

“Well, first of all, I have to tell you that I think he would be fantastic. He’s got great energy. He’s terrific on television … He’s a really good guy,” Trump said in the interview. While he said he didn’t think Lewandowski had yet made up his mind, President Trump said, “If he ran, he would be a great senator” and “hard to beat.”

President Trump returned Thursday to New Hampshire state where he won his first presidential primary. “I think that we’re going to have a tremendous time, It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Includes reporting from The Associated Press

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