Adviser says, ‘Blame China, don’t blame Trump’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top White House economic adviser is saying, “Blame China, don’t blame Trump,” for any trade fight.

Larry Kudlow said President Donald Trump means “enough is enough” and is demanding that China stop “stealing” American intellectual property.

Kudlow spoke Friday outside the White House. He dismissed the notion that a trade war is inevitable, stressing that it’s just a proposal to raise U.S. tariffs on an additional $100 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Trump tweeted moments later, criticizing the World Trade Organization and suggesting it’s “unfair” to the U.S.

Kudlow started his job as director of the national economic council this week. He says he hopes differences can be mended through negotiations. But China said earlier Friday that that it would “counterattack with great strength.”