Trump Says No Trade Deal Will Be Final Until He Meets With Xi
President Donald Trump said negotiations are going well on the last day of high-level trade talks between the U.S. and China but that no deal will be final until he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“Meetings are going well with good intent and spirit on both sides,” Trump said in a tweet Thursday. “No final deal will be made until my friend President Xi, and I, meet in the near future to discuss and agree on some of the long-standing and more difficult points,” Trump said in another posting.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will lead the second day of negotiations Thursday with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, the highest-level talks since Trump met Xi on Dec. 1 and declared a 90-day truce aimed at reaching a lasting deal to end the trade war. Trump is scheduled to meet with Liu later in the day.
Trump added that he and China’s trade representatives are trying to “do a complete deal, leaving NOTHING unresolved on the table.” He then added: “Tariffs on China increase to 25% on March 1st, so all working hard to complete by that date!”