Murphy: Trump right to stand up to China
By Reggie Ponder
Monday, August 19, 2019
ELIZABETH CITY — Congressional candidate Greg Murphy said during a visit to Elizabeth City that President Donald Trump’s tough stance on trade with China is long overdue.
“Sometimes you have to carry a big club to get the Chinese to the table,” said Murphy, who was in town for a campaign event at the Culpepper Inn.
Murphy, the Greenville physician and state representative who is the Republican candidate for the 3rd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, downplayed concerns about the impacts of retaliatory tariffs imposed by China.
Some retaliatory tariffs appear to have depressed prices for American farm commodities and increased some costs to American manufacturers and consumers.
But Murphy said you don’t have to look any further than renegotiated trade deals with Mexico and Canada to see how Trump’s tough policy on trade can produce positive results.
It is “the nature of tariffs” to have some short-term negative effects, he said.
But in the long run the tariffs will push China to end longstanding unfair practices.
“I think that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has the interests of the people of the United States at heart,” Murphy said. “China has taken advantage of us for a long time. He’s trying to correct what has been a long time imbalance.”
Trump will use tariffs as one tool to address the trade imbalance, Murphy said.
“He’s going to use anything he can to help American commerce and business,” Murphy said.
Murphy said he was not troubled by the mixed economic indicators of the past week.
What economists call an “inverted yield curve” has occurred in the past week, and while it isn’t always a predictor of a recession there has been an inverted yield curve in advance of every recession since the curve was first identified decades ago.
A more positive economic sign has been a strong retail sales report.
“Our economy is the strongest it has been in 50 years,” Murphy said. “Unemployment is at record lows.”
Murphy said he believes the economy will continue to be strong.
Asked about actions Congress might take to reduce the threat of mass shootings, Murphy did not commit to any specific actions but said he was ready to be part of the critical national conversation.
The common thread in all the mass shootings has been mental illness, Murphy said. Another factor is the destruction of the family, he said.
“There are a lot of underlying causes,” Murphy said.
Murphy also said abortion is the biggest mass murder that occurs in America every year. He said he would like to be a sponsor of federal legislation to counteract what he called the “national tragedy” of state laws that allow abortions up to the moment of birth.
Asked if he would support additional background checks for gun purchases or any of the other measures being discussed right now regarding guns and gun violence, Murphy said “conversations need to be had around every one of these parameters.”
He did not cite any specific gun control measures he would support.
Murphy said he plans to be in northeastern North Carolina often both before the election and while serving in Congress. He said he will have a district office somewhere in the northeastern part of the state, though he said he wasn’t yet sure which town the office would be located in.
Dr. Joan Perry, whom Murphy defeated in the runoff Primary for the GOP nomination, acknowledged it was a hard-fought campaign but said she and Murphy hold similar positions on issues.
“I’m supporting Dr. Murphy because he is the one that is supporting the values that I support,” Perry said.
Perry said Murphy will work for fiscal responsibility and will be an ardent advocate for pro-life causes.
“I think that we need a champion for life,” Perry said.
Murphy also will stand up for the needs of the district in areas such as the military, agriculture and health care, Perry said.