Daines Brazenly Misleads Montanans on Decades-Long History of Cozying Up to China  

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Daines Brazenly Misleads Montanans on Decades-Long History of Cozying Up to China  
 
Helena, MT –  In last week’s PBS documentary on the Senate race, Senator Steve Daines flagrantly misrepresented his cozy history with China and his years of “actively courting senior Communist Party officials” in Washington D.C., saying “I’ve had a track record of just about 30 years of holding China accountable.” 

Daines’ attempted pivot is quite a stretch given his extensive history of close ties to China: 

  • In the 1990s, Daines worked for an American corporation, “helping that company expand into the market” in China while the company slashed thousands of American jobs. 
  • Throughout his time in Washington D.C., Daines has encouraged “deeper trade ties between the country and the U.S” and has even been accused of doing the country’s “political bidding” — China’s actual Ambassador to the U.S. dubbed Daines “China’s ambassador in Congress.”
  • During his time in the Senate, Daines has taken five taxpayer-funded trips to China while refusing to hold traditional town hall meetings with Montanans. 
  • As the pandemic first hit, Daines praised the Chinese government’s response, saying it “aggressively worked to contain” the virus. These fawning comments came even as American intelligence officials were warning that China was misleading the world about the severity of the crisis. 
  • Daines voted against a Bring Jobs Home measure that sought to end tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas. Two years later, he voted for a tax plan that overwhelmingly benefited the “extremely wealthy and corporations” and that “could actually make it more attractive” to ship jobs overseas. 

“Steve Daines’ election year pivot can’t cover up his decades of cozying up to China,” said MDP Communications Advisor Christina Wilkes. “In the Senate, Daines protected tax breaks for corporations that send jobs overseas. Montanans deserve a Senator who will fight for them –– not the corporate special interests that offshore jobs.”

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