‘Really small dude’ from Oz

'Really small dude' from Oz

Ledyard King

USA TODAY

Published 3:08 PM EDT Sep 13, 2019

California Sen. Kamala Harris compared President Donald Trump’s trade strategy to the Wizard of Oz. And not in a good way.

“We’ve got a guy in the White House who’s been erratic on trade policy,” Harris said about the president’s China trade policies during the third Democratic debate. “He conducts trade policy by tweet, frankly borne out of his fragile ego.”

She called for a more consistent trade policy and made a reference to the iconic 1939 movie that starred Judy Garland.

“The bottom line is this: Donald Trump in office on trade policy … reminds me of that guy in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” she said. “You know, when you pull back the curtain, it’s a really small dude.”

The president has received criticism for his tweets on the trade war with China. Last month Trump reacted to new Chinese tariffs by tweeting that he “hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China.”

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Harris’ comment drew a chuckle from ABC moderator George Stephanopoulos, a diminutive man whose height is listed as 5 feet and 5 inches.

“OK,” Stephanopoulos dead-panned. “I’m not going to even take the bait, Sen. Harris.”

“I wasn’t talking about you,” she said laughing as well. 


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