Trump: "I don’t blame China" for U.S.-China trade imbalances

But as he complained about those inequities on Chinese turf on Thursday, the president offered a surprising qualifier: “I don’t blame China.”

“After all,” Trump said, “who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country to the benefit of its citizens? But in actuality, I do blame past [U.S.] administrations for allowing this out-of-control trade deficit to take place and to grow. We have to fix this because it just doesn’t work for our great American companies and it doesn’t work for our great American workers. It is just not sustainable.”