2020 Dem Michael Bennet: Trump 'most fiscally irresponsible president' in generations

2020 Dem Michael Bennet: Trump 'most fiscally irresponsible president' in generations
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Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetLawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform For true American prosperity, make the child tax credit permanent MORE (D-Colo.), a 2020 presidential candidate, on Sunday criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE for his spending decisions.

“Donald Trump has shown himself to be the most fiscally irresponsible president we have had in generations,” Bennet said on CBS's "Face The Nation."

“Here’s a guy who’s managed to rack up a $2 trillion deficit at a moment of full employment in the country, it’s almost impossible to do that.” 

Bennet's comments came in the context of President Trump ordering a steep increase in tariffs on Chinese goods after top Beijing officials reportedly backtracked on previous agreements with the White House.


CBS host Margaret Brennan asked Bennet how he would approach China if elected president.

“What I would do differently is mobilize the world against China’s mercantilist trading policies, which the president is right to point out have been unfair, but putting tariffs on our allies, putting tariffs on even the Chinese that are actually taxes on American producers, taxes on American farmers… I think are completely the wrong way of doing this," Bennet said.

The Colorado lawmaker is one of over 20 candidates competing for the Democratic nomination and a chance to challenge Trump.