During an event in Ashburn, Virginia, today, reality show star and Repubican presidential nominee Donald Trump joked about a crying baby before telling the mother he was “only kidding, you can get the baby out of here.”
The moment took place as Trump was accusing China of currency manipulation. Watch, via ABC:
As baby cries during rally, Trump first says “I love babies,” then “Kidding, you can get the baby out of here.” https://t.co/FhVeiFAelU
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 2, 2016
Don’t worry about that baby. I love babies. Don’t worry about it. I love babies. I hear that baby crying, I like it. What a baby. What a beautiful baby. Don’t worry, don’t worry. The mom’s running around like — don’t worry about it, you know. It’s young and beautiful and healthy and that’s what we want.
But look, China…when they devalue…when China devalues its currency, they take our guts out, and they do it so often. They do it so often. They’re constantly devaluing their currency. And they always wait til, like, it’s a bad time, like we have a problem with Iraq, we have a problem with Afghanistan, everytime we have like, a big problem, they always devalue. And a year and a half ago they devalued the biggest devaluation they’ve done in 20 years, biggest in 20 years, and I said “Man, how do they get away,” but we’ve got a problem, we were doing other things. Okay? So when China does that, you have to fight back.
Now, here’s how you fight back. Because we can’t fight back any other way! We have the piggy bank. They have ripped us to shreds, ripped us absolutely to shreds…
Actually, I was only kidding, you can get the baby out of here. That’s all right. Don’t worry. I, I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking. That’s OK. People don’t understand. That’s OK.
China has consistently allowed the yuan to remain undervalued in order to boost exports, but analysts say that the most recent revaluations actually bring the value of Chinese currency in line with the free market price. Trump’s statements on China have drawn the ire of conservative economists who worry he will launch disastrous trade wars with countries on the Pacific Rim.
After the rally ended, Trump accepted a Purple Heart from a wounded veteran, declaring that he had “always wanted one” and that recieving it as a gift was “much easier” than being a wounded soldier.
Reviewing events in Ashburn, CNN’s Jason Carroll explained that the crowd had “enjoyed” Trump’s baby remarks, saying they are an example of “what people like about this man.” Watch:
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