GOP senator defends China tariffs: Sacrifice by Americans 'minimal' compared to soldiers

Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonGOP senator: Supreme Court abortion cases were 'wrongly decided as a constitutional matter' Senate confirms controversial 9th Circuit pick without blue slips Cotton: US could win war with Iran in 'two strikes' MORE (R-Ark.) defended the imposition of tariffs on China as the two countries seek to negotiate a trade deal, saying the sacrifice of Americans impacted by the tariffs is “minimal” compared to those made by soldiers overseas.

Appearing on “CBS This Morning” Monday, Cotton detailed how tariffs will impact his home state of Arkansas and its farmers.


"There will be some sacrifices on the part of Americans, I grant you that, but I also would say that sacrifice is pretty minimal compared to the sacrifices that our soldiers make overseas, that our fallen heroes who are laid to rest in Arlington make," Cotton said.

CBS host Gayle KingGayle KingGOP senator defends China tariffs: Sacrifice by Americans 'minimal' compared to soldiers Norah O'Donnell moves to CBS evening news show Klobuchar is a worthy candidate, getting no attention MORE interrupted Cotton, saying, “You can’t compare those two sacrifices.”

Cotton said farmers in Arkansas tell him they are willing to “bear some of those sacrifices” in the short term to ensure long-term prosperity.

The conversation was sparked when CBS host Norah O’Donnell first asked Cotton about the tariffs, citing a University of Arkansas study that found retaliatory tariffs by China, which were announced Monday, could end up hurting farmers in Arkansas.

“These tariffs are going to end up hurting both Chinese and some Americans, I’ll grant you that,” Cotton replied. “I think they will ultimately hurt the Chinese more than they will Americans in part because Chinese companies and their government have been cheating the United States for so long.”

Cotton echoed the sentiments of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE, adding that China will “ultimately be paying a price” for the tariffs.

Trump asserted Monday morning in a series of tweets that China will bear the brunt of the new tariffs, though his top economic adviser, Larry KudlowLawrence (Larry) Alan KudlowMORE, acknowledged that both the U.S. and China will be impacted by the ongoing tariff fight.

China on Monday announced an increase in tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods in response to the U.S. tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods that went into effect Friday.