Mark Penn: Working class blames China for low wage growth

Prominent pollster and former Clinton aide Mark Penn said Thursday that the U.S. working class blames China for low wage growth.

"China may not be grabbing all of the headlines in a Russia-infused world, but the truth is a lot of people in the working class have fingered China for being responsible for low wage growth here in America, and they want this unfairness corrected," Penn told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE worked to appeal to the working class during his 2016 presidential campaign by promising to bring back U.S. manufacturing jobs and vowing to punish China for what he views as unfair trade practices. 

Trade tensions between the two countries have ratcheted up in recent weeks as the U.S. and Beijing mount an escalating trade war. 

Trump imposed tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports, as well as 25 percent and 10 percent levies on steel and aluminum imports, respectively. The president has threatened another set of tariffs, worth $16 billion in Chinese exports, later this month and another $200 billion of imports within the next few months.

U.S. lawmakers and business owners have warned Trump that the tariffs will be a major hit to American companies.

— Julia Manchester