Donald Trump Slaps China for Sucking the 'Blood Out of the United States'

GOP front-runner turns his attention to currency values.

August 12, 2015, 8:25 AM

BIRCH RUN, Mich.— -- Presidential candidate Donald Trump continued his tough talk in a speech Tuesday evening to over 2,500 supporters here. The New York real estate mogul discussed the news that China had devalued its currency, the result of which, he said, is to "suck the blood out of the United States.”

Trump told the crowd his friend and businessman Carl Icahn, whom he called a “brilliant negotiator," is ready to jump in to trade negotiations with China and Japan.

Experts and investors worry that the currency devaluation might make it harder for the Chinese to buy goods from Western companies.

Trump received several standing ovations, including when he repeated his call to “build a wall,” referencing his stance on illegal immigration and the United States’ relationship with Mexico.

Speaking to reporters before his speech, the front-running GOP presidential candidate said he plans to roll out specific policy ideas in the next two weeks but would not say which proposal would be coming first.

Attacking his critics, Trump expressed his delight at seeing Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry slumping in the polls. Trump also pointed in his speech to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who Monday called The Donald a “fake conservative.”

His message? "Rand, I've had you up to here," Trump said, while raising his hand in the air shortly below his chin.

PHOTO:Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a GOP fundraising event, Aug. 11, 2015, in Birch Run, Mich.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a GOP fundraising event, Aug. 11, 2015, in Birch Run, Mich.
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Trump, 69, also took on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for comments he made on women’s health at the Southern Baptist Forum last week.

“You could take dollar for dollar — although I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues — but if you took dollar for dollar, there are many extraordinarily fine community health organizations that exist to provide quality care for women on a wide variety of health issues,” Bush said.

Trump blasted Bush, saying that was his “47% percent” moment, referencing Gov. Mitt Romney’s damaging remarks during the 2012 election that 47 percent of people will vote for President Obama "who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. These are people who pay no income tax."

Trump also made reference to his financial empire throughout his speech, citing his success on “The Apprentice” and his No. 1 bestseller “The Art of the Deal.”

"It's my second-favorite book of all time," Trump said. "Do you know what my first is? The Bible! Nothing beats the Bible."

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