Donald Trump reiterated his own calls to add an extra 45 percent tariffs on Chinese imports at the Fox Business debate today (Thursday night in America). After initially denying comments the New York Times had clearly reported him making, he later tried to justify those very comments that he claimed to not have made.
At the debate, he made the proposal because China had been accused of devaluing its currency:
What I said to the New York Times, is that, we have great power, economic power over China and if we wanted to use that and the amount — where the 45 percent comes in, that would be the amount they saw their devaluations that we should get.
However, in his original interview with the Times, he didn’t mention currency manipulation.