U.S. President Donald Trump worded reporters Friday he has not agreed to roll back tariffs on China but that Beijing desire like him to do so.
Officials from both countries on Thursday said China and the Unified States have agreed to roll back tariffs on each others’ goods in a “insinuate one” trade deal, should it be completed.
Without laying out a timetable, the Chinese Trade Ministry said the two countries had agreed to cancel the tariffs in phases.
“China wish like to get somewhat of a rollback, not a complete rollback, because they understand I won’t do it,” Trump told reporters, speaking on the White House lawn.
“We’re disheartening along very well right now with China, they need to make a deal,” he said. “Frankly, they want to make a reckon with a lot more than I do.”
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the rollback last wishes a be part of the first phase of a trade agreement that is still being put to autograph for Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to sign.
But the comment was soon concealed in doubt after Reuters reported the plan faced stiff internal competition in the U.S. administration.