Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) likened President Donald Trump to the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz at the third Democratic presidential debate on Thursday moderated by ABC News.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC NEWS: Senator Harris--
How would your--how would your trade policy differ from President Obama's?
SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA): Well, first of all, I--I have no criticism of that more than just looking at where we are now, which is that we've got a guy in the White House who has been erratic on trade policy. He conducts trade policy by tweet, frankly, born out of his fragile ego. It has resulted in farmers in Iowa with soybeans rotting in bins looking at bankruptcy. When we look at this issue, my trade policy under a Harris administration American products is always going to be about saying we need to export, not American jobs. And to do that, we have to have a meaningful trade policy.
I am not a protectionist Democrat. Look, we need to sell our stuff, and that means you need to sell it to people overseas. That means we need trade policies that allow that to happen. You asked earlier about China. It's a complicated relationship. We have to hold China accountable. They steal our products, including our intellectual property, the dump substandard products into our economy. They need to be held accountable.
We also need to partner with China on climate and the crisis that that presents. We need to partner with China on the issue of North Korea. I am on, and I think the only person on the stage, the Senate intelligence entity and the Senate Homeland security committee. We need a partner on the issue of North Korea. But the bottom line is this. Donald Trump in office on trade policy, you know, he reminds me of that--that guy in the Wizard of Oz, you know, when you pull back the curtain, it's a really small dude.
STEPHANOPOULOS: I'm not even going to take the bait, Senator Harris.