President Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on more than $200 billion worth of Chinese imports was met with a serious challenge from Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” on Monday night, saying the move was meant to “bully” China into changing its practices.
“It’s not going to work. Chinese people don’t like bullying. In our country, we talk to our government. We don’t threaten our government. We threaten what’s going to happen to our country. What he wants to do is affect their economy,” the host said.
Colbert added, “You don’t walk away from an opportunity to renegotiate something until you’re sure you’ve gotten what you want. So China will stick with their great purchasing.”
Colbert joked that the president should “just tap out.”
Trump’s frustration over the retaliatory tariffs followed a week of solo meetings with Xi Jinping, the president’s host in Buenos Aires, and a tweet in which Trump railed against China as a currency manipulator.
Jimmy Kimmel also mocked Trump for his brash mannerisms.
“Remember when Trump once bragged to Chuck Schumer that he could smash a baby in half? Well, today he’s bringing that same mean spirit to China,” the host said, referencing the president’s comment on trade negotiations.