McCaskill criticizes trade war in final campaign stops

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Gray DC) -- Voters in Missouri will have the chance to pick the candidates in one of the most competitive races in the country on Tuesday.

A top target for the GOP this year is unseating Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). McCaskill says the Trump administration’s trade policies could devastate Missouri. She’s making this her final big push in the hours before Election Day.

“Something’s got to give," said McCaskill about the brewing trade war Monday. McCaskill spent the day visiting Missouri manufacturers and farms. She says tariffs on steel, aluminum and other products wallop businesses like Deutsche Precision.

“The irony of this situation is we are sitting in a business that was created in order to create American parts with American workers and this tariff could actually result in the closing of this facility," said McCaskill.

McCaskill met with the Managing Director of Deutsche Precision, Bruno Schmitter, who wants to find a way to cut tariffs for companies and consumers alike.

“It’s very, very important and critical for our operation here," said Schmitter.

The White House says President Donald Trump plans to negotiate more fair trade deals and address countries, like China, stealing intellectual property.

"China is the aggressor here. They’re the ones that have been attacking our workers, they’re the ones that have been attacking our industry for decades. The President has said, 'Mo more,'" said Hogan Gidley, White House deputy press secretary.

McCaskill faces six Democratic challengers in Tuesday’s primary, but the GOP is already turning its attention to how Republicans can deny her a third term in November.

McCaskill is expected to end up in Columbia on election night, where she will be joined by her supporters.