Sunday shows preview: Trump officials defend trade moves

Sunday shows preview: Trump officials defend trade moves
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A spat between the U.S. and China over tariffs heightened fears this week of an all-out trade war between the world's two largest economies, causing markets to tumble. 

The episode escalated when the U.S. Trade Representative unveiled a list of $50 billion in Chinese products that could be hit with stiff tariffs. Beijing responded in kind, announcing plans to impose duties on U.S. goods.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE ratcheted up his rhetoric after that, saying that he had instructed U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerWhiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 MORE to consider tariffs on another $100 billion in Chinese products.

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That prompted a swift reply from the Chinese government, which said that, although it did not want a trade war with the U.S., it was "not afraid of fighting" Trump's protectionist policies.

The back-and-forth between Washington and Beijing rattled world financial markets and drew rebukes from U.S. companies amid fears that they could be cut off from the world's second largest economy.

At the same time, the Trump administration rolled out a series of new sanctions targeting dozens of Russian oligarchs, government officials and companies, in what was cast by U.S. officials as a broad effort to punish Russia for alleged destabilizing activities.

That move came more than a week after the U.S. and more than two dozen other countries announced that they would expel Russian diplomats as punishment for Moscow's alleged role in the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil last month.

The Trump administration appears poised to defend the latest tariff threats and tout the sanctions during the Sunday morning news shows, with top trade and economic officials set to make appearances.

Here's the full lineup:

NBC's "Meet the Press": White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro is set to make an appearance. Sen. Michael Rounds (R-S.D.) and Christopher Wylie, the co-founder of embattled consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, will also be on.

"Fox News Sunday": White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow and Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyHillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump visits Kenosha | Primary day in Massachusetts | GOP eyes Minnesota as a battleground MORE (D-N.Y.) will be on the show.

CBS's "Face the Nation": Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinHillicon Valley: DOJ proposes tech liability shield reform to Congress | Treasury sanctions individuals, groups tied to Russian malign influence activities | House Republican introduces bill to set standards for self-driving cars Treasury: Trump's payroll tax deferral won't hurt Social Security Treasury sanctions individuals, groups tied to Russian malign influence activities MORE will be on. He'll be joined by Sens. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) and Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinCongress must finish work on popular conservation bill before time runs out PPP application window closes after coronavirus talks deadlock  Congress eyes tighter restrictions on next round of small business help MORE (D-Md.).

CNN's "State of the Union": Kudlow will make an appearance, as will Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsClub for Growth to spend million in ads for Trump Supreme Court nominee Maryland's GOP governor says Republicans shouldn't rush SCOTUS vote before election The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November MORE (R-Maine).

ABC's "This Week": Thomas Bossert, the White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, will be on. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate GOP aims to confirm Trump court pick by Oct. 29: report The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP set to ask SCOTUS to limit mail-in voting Senate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot MORE (R-S.C.) will also make an appearance.