Trump has made no secret of his concerns about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s policies, including a trade deal he sees as a threat to American workers.
But in an interview published Wednesday by The Washington Post, Trump said he wants Beijing to make a deal with the United States to end the trade deal.
“It’s a terrible deal.
It’s a bad deal,” Trump said.
“We’re going to renegotiate it, and we’re going see what happens.
I think that’s going to happen.”
Xi has made little secret of what he sees in the deal as a possible threat to workers in China and said last month that it is likely to include a ban on U.S. agricultural products.
China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, last week urged the United Nations to pressure the United Kingdom to abandon the trade agreement.
“China is taking its economic and economic interests very seriously,” Yang said at the United Nation’s General Assembly.
“In the coming weeks, we will see how the U.K. responds to this.”
In his interview, Trump also addressed the growing threat of an economic slowdown in the United State.
“I think we’re in the midst of a tremendous recession,” he said.
The president also hinted at the possibility of military action against China, which he said was “going to happen” because of the U,S.
trade deal with Beijing.
“The United States has got to be smart,” Trump told the Post.
“You have got to have a deal and we can’t do nothing.
We have got the world’s greatest military, and if China isn’t going to do something, we’re not going to be in the position we’re now in.”