Senate Democratic leader praises Trump's blocking Broadcom's takeover of Qualcomm

FILE PHOTO - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks after the Senate Democratic weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, on Tuesday praised President Donald's Trump's decision to block chipmaker Broadcom Ltd's AVGO.O proposed takeover of Qualcomm Inc QCOM.O, calling China's trade practices "rapacious."

Trump on Monday blocked Broadcom’s effort to buy Qualcomm on national security grounds, ending what would have been the technology industry’s biggest deal ever amid concerns that it would give China the upper hand in mobile communications.

“President Trump and his administration made the right decision on blocking Broadcom from taking over Qualcomm,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor.

“We all know that China has been rapacious about trade and very smart. They look for places where they can steal our best technology,” Schumer added.

Reporting by Diane Bartz