O'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession

O'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeOvernight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Yang campaign says it received 450K entries for 'Freedom Dividend' contest MORE on Sunday slammed President Trump's tariffs on China, which he said were unsuccessful and have hurt Americans.

"I'm afraid this president is driving the global economy and our economy into a recession," the former Texas congressman said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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He added, "This current trade war with China the president has entered our country into is not working, it's hammering the hell out of farmers across the country who do not want bail outs or payouts, [they] just want profits off what they're growing."

"American consumers understand these tariffs are a tax on them."

Trump administration officials say the trade war is only hurting China, despite widespread warnings from economists that it is harming the U.S. and that the nation could be heading into a recession.

"We need to hold China accountable," O'Rourke said, with the aid of allies to form a "united front against China."