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 TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE ratcheted up his rhetoric after that, saying that he had instructed U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerPelosi sounds hopeful on new NAFTA deal despite tensions with White House On The Money: Economy adds 164K jobs in July | Trump signs two-year budget deal, but border showdown looms | US, EU strike deal on beef exports Chinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report MORE to consider tariffs on another $100 billion in Chinese products.


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) CrowleyThe Democrats' generational battle Ocasio-Cortez apologizes for blocking ex-politician on Twitter, settles lawsuit Ocasio-Cortez on public life: 'Sometimes I just want to be a human being' MORE (D-N.Y.) will be on the show.

CBS's "Face the Nation": Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinNew book questions Harris's record on big banks On The Money: US paid record .1B in tariffs in September | Dems ramp up oversight of 'opportunity zones' | Judge hints at letting House lawsuit over Trump tax returns proceed Democrats ramp up oversight efforts over 'opportunity zone' incentive MORE will be on. He'll be joined by Sens. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) and Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinOvernight Health Care: Democratic gains mark setback for Trump on Medicaid work requirements | Senate Dems give Warren 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder | Judge strikes Trump rule on health care 'conscience' rights Democrats give Warren's 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder Former NAACP president to run for Cummings's House seat MORE (D-Md.).

CNN's "State of the Union": Kudlow will make an appearance, as will Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsLawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Senate GOP waves Trump off early motion to dismiss impeachment charges GOP senators warn against Trump firing intelligence community official MORE (R-Maine).

ABC's "This Week": Thomas Bossert, the White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, will be on. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' Graham says Schiff should be a witness in Trump impeachment trial MORE (R-S.C.) will also make an appearance.