Trump says US will do 'very well' with or without a trade deal with China

US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) annual meeting at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland March 2, 2019. — Reuters pic
US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) annual meeting at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland March 2, 2019. — Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, March 8 ― President Donald Trump today said he is confident the United States can forge a trade deal with , but added that he thinks his country would do very well with or without an agreement with the major Asian economy.

Asked if he was still confident could get a deal with China: “Sure, I’m confident, but if we don’t make a very good deal for our country, I wouldn’t make a deal,” Trump said.

Asked about a report that China was not positive about a trade deal and that a meeting with President Xi Jinping might not happen: “I haven’t heard that. I think we’re doing well … We’ll do very well either way, with or without a deal.”

Earlier today, White House trade adviser Clete Willems the two countries had made progress in talks but that there was still much more left to be done.



Concerns that Trump will accept a bad trade deal with China are “totally inaccurate,” Willems said at an event.

China’s exports tumbled the most in three years in February while imports fell for a third straight month, pointing to a further slowdown in the economy and stirring talk of a “trade recession”, despite a spate of support measures.

The increasingly weak China data comes amid months of intense negotiations between Washington and Beijing aimed at ending their trade dispute. On Wednesday, the US reported its goods trade deficit with China surged to an all-time high last year, underlining one of the key sticking points.

shares were slammed more than 4 per cent lower today after the data showed exports contracting, deepening fears for the and pushing global to three-week troughs. — Reuters

Source: The Malay Mail Online





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