Trump is solely responsible for the tariffs, and RoC blames Clinton.
Apparently Trump's lack of economic knowledge and tariff games are Clinton's fault.
Oh please, explain it to me.
Ok, happy to give you the Trade for Dummies version:
When Clinton welcomed China into the WTO and pushed through the US China Trade Bill in 2000, it gave China "most favored nation" status on trade without any reciprocal opening of China's markets. In fact, China started further restricting access and requiring tech transfers for US companies that wanted access to their markets. It also became known during the Bush Administration that China was reverse engineering US products while simultaneously dumping products to encourage manufacturing switch to China. Nothing was done because the only tool was levying tariffs on offending products, which is politically unpopular.
During the Obama administration all these activities increased, market access to China was further restricted and it became increasingly clear that China was hacking into tech and defense contractor networks and literally stealing technology. Once again, nothing was done because the only tool was levying tariffs on offending products, which is politically unpopular.
We finally had enough, and Trump enacted tariffs, which labor, tech and manufacturers had been pressing for for at least a decade and given the trade imbalance ($100B US export to China, $500B China export to US), the timing couldn't be better. Already manufacturers are leaving China for Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, etc. and the Chinese are getting increasingly nervous about their economy, with the Party just announcing that growth will decline by at least 1% this year due to the Trade War.
As I said earlier, if you have any better ideas on how to get China to play fair other than tariffs, please let all the labor unions, economists and trade experts around the world know, I sure they would welcome your brilliant alternative.