Negotiations to end the trade war between the U.S. and China have been going on for months. Still, today in press comments outside the White House, President Trump said he’s in no rush to make a deal.
“I think things are going along very well — we’ll just see what the date is,” Trump said at the White House. “I’m in no rush. I want the deal to be right. ... I am not in a rush whatsoever. It’s got to be the right deal. It’s got to be a good deal for us and if it’s not, we’re not going to make that deal."
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was somewhat guarded in remarks to the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday but expressed a hope the two sides may be a "few weeks away" from getting a trade deal, according to Pro Farmer’s Jim Wiesemeyer.
Regarding walking away from the deal, Trump said, “I think President Xi saw that I’m somebody that believes in walking when the deal is not done, and you know there’s always a chance it could happen, and he probably wouldn’t want that."
While Chinese officials would like to see the deal complete before Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump said Wednesday that that may not be the case and that he’d prefer to do some of the negotiating.
“We could do it either way," he remarked. "We could have the deal completed and come and sign or we could get the deal almost completed and negotiate some of the final points. I would prefer that.”