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President Trump warned China not to wait for the 2020 U.S. election to make a trade deal

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned China against waiting out his first term in office to finalize any trade deal, saying if he wins re-election in the November 2020 U.S.

Trump said China appeared to be backing off on a pledge to buy U.S. agricultural products, which U.S. officials have said could be a goodwill gesture and part of any final pact here.

Trump later told reporters at the White House that talks were going well with China, but added the United States would “either make a great deal or no deal at all.”

“We’ll see what happens,” he told reporters.

“America First” campaign that helped him win the White House in 2016 and has staked his re-election bid in part on the strength of the U.S. economy.

He has sought to negotiate various trade deals with China as well as Europe and other countries as part of his efforts to make good on his campaign promises.

“If China had their wish, they’d wait til after the election, they’ll pray that Trump loses,” Trump told reporters.

“China is dying to make a deal with me. But whether or not I’ll do it, it’s up to me. It’s not up to them,” he added. “China is willing to give up a lot. But that doesn’t mean I’m willing to accept it.”

30th July 2019

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