Trump trashes tariffs outside Manhattan trial

By Timothy Cama, Robin Bravender | 05/14/2024 01:32 PM EDT

The former president blasted President Joe Biden on tariffs ahead of a White House rollout Tuesday. 

Former President Donald Trump speaks before the start of proceedings in his trial at Manhattan criminal court.

Former President Donald Trump speaks Tuesday before the proceedings in his trial at Manhattan criminal court in New York City. Pool photo by Craig Ruttle

In a presidential split screen Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced new tariffs on China while former President Donald Trump — speaking outside his New York hush money trial — blasted his 2024 rival on trade policy.

“On the electric vehicles that Biden is pushing down everybody’s throat, even though people don’t want them — he wants to put a big tariff on China, which is a suggestion that I said,” Trump said Tuesday at a Manhattan courthouse.

“Where have you been for 3 ½ years?’” Trump added. “They should have done it a long time ago.”


Trump’s remarks came as Biden rolled out sweeping new tariffs Tuesday aimed at blocking China’s access to the American market for clean energy technology by doubling duties on solar cells and effectively quadrupling the price of electric vehicles from China.