Thousands of people attended President-elect Donald Trump’s “Thank You” rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday night, where the soon-to-be 45th President of the United States introduced his administration’s ambassador to China, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.
Trump told the crowd of more than 5,000 people, according to the Des Moines Register’s Jason Noble, that one of the most important relationships that the United States must improve is with China.
“The nation of China is responsible for almost half of America’s trade deficit,” Trump slammed. “They haven’t played by the rules and I know it’s time they’re going to start.”
During the 2016 campaign, Trump continuously criticized China for currency manipulation.
He stressed that Branstad and his wife are “looking to work on that relationship.”
Branstad has had six trade missions to China. He’s a native of Iowa and has served as the state’s governor for 23 years, making him the longest serving governor in the history of the United States.
“He’s also become a great friend of mine,” Trump added before inviting Branstad on stage with him.
“It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the people of this state,” Branstad briefly told the large crowd. “I am very proud to serve America in this very important role.”
Anti-Trump protesters interrupted the President-elect, but were quickly escorted out of the event.
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“That’s ok…I think they’re actually on our side, they just don’t know it yet,” Trump said in response to the interruption.