In an interview with Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto this afternoon, Senator Portman discussed Judge Kavanaugh’s experience and qualifications for the Supreme Court. He also highlighted China’s unfair trade practices and expressed the need to hold them accountable for violating our trade laws. He also voiced his agreement with the administration that Europe should step up and contribute more to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).                                                                           

Excerpts of his interview can be found below and a video can be found here:

PORTMAN ON JUDGE KAVANAUGH’S NOMINATION FOR THE SUPREME COURT: 

“I think he’s a great pick. I don’t think he will have a hard time at the end getting confirmed. But there will be a real fight here and unfortunately it will be a partisan fight. It won’t be about this guy’s qualifications, he’s clearly qualified – his intellectual brilliance, and he’s clearly a smart guy. It won’t be about his record because he’s a fair, impartial judge – I think the right philosophy that most people want. I’m concerned it’s becoming too partisan. This town is enveloped in partisanship now that even before he’s picked, the other side of the aisle can’t support him and they don’t know who he is yet. So I do hope that we’ll have a fair hearing where he has a chance to be properly vetted. I think people are really going to like him. I happen to know the guy, Neil. I’ve known him over 15 years. I also know his wife. They both served in the Bush administration with me, and they are really fine people.” 

PORTMAN ON TRADE, HOLDING CHINA ACCOUNTABLE: 

“Well, first of all, there’s two different areas here. One is China. There you have a lot of consensus that China is using unfair trade practices. We’re going after them on what’s called Section 301, it is about unfair trade. That’s appropriate. It will hurt some of our exporters here and consumers here. People do realize you have to take on China and deal with this unfair trade issue. 

“We’re the biggest market, we’re the biggest economy in the world. They want to deal with us. So ultimately it worries me but not a lot. I think that’s one reason the markets are reacting as they are. Let’s talk to them as allies. Let’s negotiate this thing. Let’s be sure that they know we’re serious and use the kind of trade remedies where they can’t then turn around and retaliate against us.” 

PORTMAN ON THE NEED FOR EUROPE TO CONTRIBUTE MORE TO NATO: 

“On the two percent NATO commitment, [European countries] ought to do it. The president is right on that. He has seen real progress – $14 billion more in defense spending in just the last year. The European countries are starting to come on board. They understand that we’ve borne the lion’s share for too long and it’s time for them to step up more.” 

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