Walker Says Obama Should Cancel State Visit With Chinese President

As the U.S stock markets fell dramatically on Monday over China's slowing growth, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) called on President Obama to cancel Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the White House next month. Scott Walker told reporters following a visit to the Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, S.C., on Monday afternoon, "Why would we be giving one of our highest things a president can do -- and that is a state dinner for Xi Jinping, the head of China -- at a time when all of these problems are pending out there? We should say those... honors should only be bestowed upon leaders and countries that are allies and supporters of the United States, not just for China, which is a strategic competitor."

He stated that revoking the invitation would be a move that other countries would respect by saying "I think China, as others in the world, would actually respect some leadership once and for all from the United States. Part of our problem right now is that they don't respect us. This is sending a clear message that we expect better out of China." Walker mentioned China as a threat during his announcement speech on July 13. Donald Trump started talking about China from the start of his presidential campaign. Walker has said "It's something I've talked about repeatedly... Just because the media covers some candidates more than others doesn't mean the rest of us aren't talking about things. It's just that we don't get the same level of coverage."

In addition, Walker has two planned trade missions to China next year. Xi is scheduled to make his first state visit tot he White House in late September. Two weeks ago, China devalued its currency--a move that some analysts believe was connected to Beijing's efforts to increase its exports and improve its economy. It also drew angry responses from Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Moreover, Walker says that Obama should cancel the visit because "there's serious work to be done rather than pomp and circumstance. We need to see some backbone from President Obama."

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