Trump Hopeful on Trade Deal But Tariffs an Excellent Alternative

President Donald Trump said Thursday that tariffs are an “excellent” alternative to a trade deal with China, hours before Chinese officials were set to meet U.S. trade negotiators later in Washington.

Trump has set a midnight deadline to slap additional tariffs on China, though he has suggested that his administration might reverse its decision depending on progress in the negotiations.

“They’ll see what they can do,” Trump said at a White House event Thursday afternoon. “But our alternative is an excellent one.”

“It’s an alternative I’ve spoken about for years. We’ll take in well over a hundred billion dollars a year. We never took in 10 cents from China,” Trump said, referring to additional tariffs he promised to impose on China. “And I think it’ll be a very strong day, frankly. But we’ll see.”

After Trump’s comments at the White House, stock indexes recovered from ground lost stemming from worries stirred up by his comment Wednesday night that China “broke the deal.” Before Trump’s remarks Thursday afternoon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had fallen more than 400 points.

Trump added: “It was their idea to come back.”

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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