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President Trump, White House Give Mixed Messages On China Trade War

After the president said he had "second thoughts" about the trade war, the White House said in a statement he only regrets not raising tariffs higher.
Posted at 10:47 AM, Aug 25, 2019

At the Group of Seven Summit on Sunday, President Donald Trump signaled that he might regret the trade war with China. But, the White House clarified he only regrets not raising tariffs higher.

A reporter asked, "Mr. President, any second thoughts on escalating the trade war with China?" The president responded "Yeah. Sure. Why not? Might as well, might as well." A different reporter clarified further, "You have second thoughts about the escalating trade war with China?" And the president said, "I have second thoughts about everything."

Hours later, the White House sent out a statement saying President Trump's comments were misinterpreted.

The president also said he doesn't currently have plans to force American companies to leave China, despite a previous warning that businesses should look for alternatives.

He told reporters, "For many years this has been going on, in many ways, it is an emergency. I have no plan right now. Actually, we're getting along very well with China right now. We're talking. I think they want to make a deal much more than I do."

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.