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Sen. Sherrod Brown pressures President Trump to tackle unfair trade

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After talking tough on trade during his bid for the White House, Senator Sherrod Brown says it's time President Donald Trump gets started on making improvements to trade policies between the U.S. and China.

Brown was joined by members of the United Steelworkers union Monday morning at the USW union hall in Niles where he outlined ideas on how to handle trade agreements.

The Democratic Senator from Ohio says he sent a letter to the president insisting he takes action. Brown says he's disappointed with Trump when it comes to handling trade issues so far.

"This president said he was going to, the evidence is not fully in, but it's not good so far and I want to help," Brown said.

Brown says nine of the 10 largest Chinese steel companies are owned by the Chinese government. 

Among his ideas, Brown suggests the president demand China "eliminate excess steel capacity". Brown said the WTO agreement needs to be strengthened to ensure laws are capable of fighting back against unfair subsidies and illegal steel "dumping". 

Brown says he's disappointed President Trump backed away from labeling the country a currency manipulator.

"I know it's a complicated world, but that was disappointing," Brown said.

Brown still vows to work across party lines with the president on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

While he understands the importance of handling national security issues, Brown believes China also has an invested economic interest in North Korea not having nuclear capabilities. 

"Clearly we shouldn't give away the economic score to shall we say give incentives to China to do the right thing on North Korea," Brown said.

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