Trump strikes back against Chamber on trade

(WDTN Photo/Mike Burianek)
(WDTN Photo/Mike Burianek)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is taking his tough-on-trade message to a mostly rural area in Maine where his message of economic populism could earn him one vote in the Electoral College.

Trump is blasting existing free trade deals and reiterating his pledge to label China a currency manipulator. His message on trade marks a stark departure from typical Republican orthodoxy. He is hitting back against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a typical Republican ally, for criticizing his trade policies.

Maine hasn’t voted for a Republican president since 1988 and carries just four electoral votes. But like only one other state, it awards one electoral vote for the winner of each of its two congressional districts. Northern Maine has seen job losses in manufacturing, creating potentially friendly territory for Trump. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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