Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said some harsh words about China during a rally in Indiana.
Trump, who is no stranger to bashing China, has now taken it to the next level, according to NBC News. The news site noted that Trump has warned previously that China would "suck the blood out" of the U.S. with the way it handles its currency.
"Don't forget. We're like the piggy bank that's being robbed. We have the cards. We have a lot of power with China," Trump said, according to Politico. "When China doesn't want to fix the problem in North Korea, we say, 'Sorry, folks, you gotta fix the problem.' Because we can't continue to allow China to rape our country. And that's what they're doing. It's the greatest theft in the history of the world."
Trump often accuses China of manipulating its currency to make its exports cheaper, an accusation that is disputed by economists and China itself. Nonetheless, Trump insists the country's currency is deliberately made to be weak and claims that China is "killing" the U.S. on trade as a result – something he intends to turn around if he becomes president. According to the U.S. Census, America's trade deficit with China is more than $365 billion.
But Trump didn't blame Chinese leaders. Rather, he said the trade imbalance is the fault of American politicians.
He said: "I mean, China's great. No problem. I'm not angry with China. And I'm not angry at Japan. And I'm not angry at Mexico. I'm not angry at anybody. I'm angry at our leaders, because they are grossly incompetent and they shouldn't have ever been elected to do this job. Terrible."