White House clarifies Trump’s ‘second thoughts’ on China trade war

White House clarifies Trump’s ‘second thoughts’ on China trade war


>> GILLIAN: IT IS DAY 2 OF THE G7 SUMMIT IN FRANCE AND DURING A BILATERAL MEETING WITH THE UK PRESIDENT TRUMP HINTED THAT HE MAY HAVE HAD SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT ESCALATING THE TRADE WAR WITH CHINA, JUST A SHORT TIME AGO SENIOR WHITE HOUSE POLICY ADVISOR STEVEN MILLER JOINED US ON THIS PROGRAM, OFFERED A CLARIFICATION.>> THE ONLY SECOND THOUGHTS THE PRESIDENT WAS HAVING WAS WHETHER TO BE EVEN TOUGHER AND MORE AGGRESSIVE WITH THE TARIFF SCHEDULE ON CHINA, AND I’VE SPOKEN TO THE PRESIDENT ABOUT THIS THIS MORNING, AND HIS COMES STRAIGHT FROM HIM WHEN I TELL YOU THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS SAYING MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE GONE EVEN TOUGHER ON CHINA.>> GILLIAN: FOR FOR, WE TURN TO THE RESEARCH FELLOW JAMES ROBERTS. JAMES ARE YOU BUYING WHAT STEVEN MILLER AND OTHERS AT THE WHITE HOUSE INCLUDING LARRY KUDLOW THIS MORNING, TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN, ARE YOU BUYING WHAT THEY ARE SELLING?>> WELL YEAH CHINA IS THE MAJOR FACTOR ON THE WORLD STAGE THAT HAS UPENDED THE GLOBAL TRADING SYSTEM AND LED TO A LOT OF THESE PROBLEMS THE G7 LEADERS ARE GRAPPLING WITH. THEY HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN PREDATORY BEHAVIOR, THEY’VE GAM ED THE SYSTEM.>> GILLIAN: BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK PRESIDENT TRUMP MEANT WHEN HE SAID YES, I’VE HAD SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS?>> WELL HE MAY HAVE BEEN THINKING MORE ABOUT GETTING RID OF TARIFFS WITHIN THE G7. THESE ARE OUR FRIENDS, AND CLEARLY, THEY ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT THE U.S. AND JAPAN HAVE AGREED TO NOT GO FORWARD WITH TARIFFS. MAYBE HE WAS THINKING, YES, MAYBE OF THE RIGHT DEAL COMES ALONG WE WON’T IMPOSE MORE TARIFFS ON THE GERMAN AUTOS OR IF WE CAN GET THE FRENCH TO ROLLBACK THIS TAX ON THE AMERICAN SILICON VALLEY COMPANIES, WE COULD AVERT PUTTING TARIFFS ON FRENCH WINE. IT’S HARD TO SAY BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS ON THE TABLE.>> GILLIAN: BUT SO PRESIDENT TRUMP MAY BE THE PUBLIC POSTUR ING IS SO TOUGH AND AGGRESSIVE WHEN IT COMES TO TARIFFS. DO YOU THINK PRIVATELY HE’S THINKING A LITTLE BIT MORE LIKE A DIPLOMAT?>> I THINK THIS IS THE MASTER OF THE ART OF THE DEAL AND I THINK HE HAS A STRATEGY IN PLACE I DON’T THINK HE WANTS TO SEE A TARIFF WAR WITH EUROPE WITH OUR FRIENDS. HE’D CLEARLY ALREADY MADE A DEAL WITH THE JAPANNED HE’S GOING TO MAKE A DEAL I THINK WITH BORIS JOHNSON, ONCE BREXIT HAPPENS, GET A U.S. /UK FREE-TRADE AGREEMENT OUT OF THAT AND I HOPE HE’S SAYING PRIVATELY TO THE FRENCH AND GERMANS AND OTHER LEADERS LOOK, WE NEED TO SCALE BACK ALL OF THIS TALK AND FOCUS ON ECONOMIC FREEDOM AND OUR HERITAGE FOUNDATION, AND THE U.S. , CANADA AND UK, ARE WAY AHEAD OF FRANCE, GERMANY AND ITALY.>> GILLIAN: BUT EVEN IF THE PRESIDENT IS STRIKING THAT TONE WITH FRANCE AND GERMANY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS PUBLICLY, HE’S SAYING GERMAN AUTO TARIFFS, FRENCH WINE TARIFFS, WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?>> I THINK THESE ARE NEGOTIAT ING TACTICS REALLY AND THERE ARE IRRITANTS.>> GILLIAN: BUT CAN THEY TRUST WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS TELLING THEM BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WHEN HE’S TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PUBLICLY IS SO DIFFERENT IS MY QUESTION.>> WELL I THINK ALL POLITICIANS ARE SKILLED AT TALKING OUT OF BOTH SIDES OF THEIR MOUTHS AND I THINK –>> GILLIAN: NOT ALL OF THEM.>> MAYBE NOT ALL OF THEM, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY THE G7 COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN ALLIED. THEY WERE ALLIED AGAINST THE SOVIET UNION IN THE 70S THAT’S WHEN IT STARTED IT WAS AN ECONOMIC POLICY COORDINATION GROUP NOW WE HAVE THE COMMON THREAT OF CHINA THAT THESE COUNTRIES ARE ALSO SEEING. I THINK PRIVATELY THEY ARE PROBABLY GLAD THAT THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINITRATION HAS TAKEN A FORCEFUL LEAD TO PUSHBACK AGAINST CHINA.>> GILLIAN: BUT THEY’RE MAYBE NOT SO GLAD THAT THE UNITED STATES IS NOW GOING THROUGH A TRADE WAR THAT SOME ECONOMIC PREDICTORS ARE SAYING MAY LEAD US INTO A RECESSION IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.>> I THINK THE RECESSION FEARS ARE OVERBLOWN. I THINK THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY IS STILL VERY STRONG REALLY IT DOESN’T DEPEND THAT MUCH ON FOREIGN TRADE. CERTAINLY THESE TARIFFS ARE STARTING TO HIT PRODUCERS BUT NOT REALLY CONSUMERS IN THE POCKETBOOK YET. IT WOULD BE GOOD IF THEY COULD COME TO A DEAL, BUT THE ONLY WAY TO DO THAT IS TO I THINK PURSUE THESE TOUGH STRATEGIES THEN. THAT’S WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DOING.

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100 Replies to “White House clarifies Trump’s ‘second thoughts’ on China trade war”

  1. When the president said, "i have second thoughts about everything." its in line with "thinking twice before doing something."

    It doesn't implies as president having second thought on trade with china as the media is trying to spin the narrative.

    He doesnt say im having second thoughts on china trade deals he says he has second throughts on everything which are totally two different things.

  2. Once China see American blackmail option is off the table they will make a deal also.
    Total treason in a disgusting way.

  3. Everyone that has a head exploding over this trade war, ask yourself this. Why are we in this position in the 1st place? All of this MASSIVE trade imbalance has been going on way way back. And Trump wasnt part of it. I sure wish the whiners used all thier energy back then

  4. Our POTUS is losing it….he needs honest helpers, not these continual lap dog spinners trying to rectify his goofs. All this expert commentary about how this (potentially senile) old man is ‘maybe really thinking’ each and every time he makes another stupid comment or tweet.

  5. About 15 year's ago i said A big country like America Should trade with China in the Orient why did the US only trade with Japan? So The US has dealt a lot with China for 15 years Today, Japan bought corn, which China bought for 15 years. Are you happy

  6. Why bother? He is just going to charge his mind.
    Why dont you back a real leader that has been fighting for us his whole life. Bernie Sanders 2020

  7. Bring our businesses back home, stop buying China’s product. They obviously feel they don’t need us for anything so give them what they want.

  8. Whats hard to understand that the man said he had second thoughts? That means he may have thought about trying something besides tariffs, before realizing its the only thing that will work. These people are idiots. Trump get these saboteurs away from you and your office. They have only served to slow you down and derail the train.

  9. Trump says China called and wanted to do a deal. However…

    " a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry wasn’t able to immediately confirm the details of the phone calls on Monday. Later, Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times newspaper, said in a tweet that top trade negotiators hadn’t spoken by phone in recent days and that Trump was exaggerating the significance of the trade contacts.

    Trump later, at a separate bilateral meeting, insisted that calls were had at the highest level and was not aware that China was disputing them. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, also in Biarritz, said "there were discussions that went back and forth and let’s just leave it at that.”

    Yeah, let's just leave the fact-checking at that guys. Too much fact-checking can be… embarrassing?

  10. Let me answer fake news, you don't know what he was thinking unless you mind read. He told you he should have been tougher what's not to believe. She sounds like a parrot!

  11. She's asking a specific question, and he's answering something completely different. He's like a wind up doll that can only walk in one direction.

  12. Very simple Trump is not one to telegraph what he is going to do – keep the enemy guessing, he does this with everything he does

  13. How many times is she going to ask the same f***ing question? Yes, Trump has a strategy of talking tough in public and then softening his positions behind closed doors. And sometimes he’ll do the exact opposite with dictators like Putin or Kim Jong-un.

  14. Lol so funny to see the hate from trumpsters when someone speaks facts against their narrative. This lady is asking the right questions and trumpsters are yelling kick her off of the NETWORK.

  15. Stop trading with China! There was a deal made just last month and they didnt follow through. Give another country a chance, drop this corrupt nation already. How much intellectual property does that nation have to steal from us until we wake up and stop allowing it??

  16. Don the Con is doing what he's done his entire life. Lie, cheat, steal and blame others for all his failures. But now without daddy's millions to bail him out, he kneels before his puppet master, Putin. His new daddy bails him out and Donny Dumb Nuts heaps praises on him. Then tries to get Russia back into the g-7. What a tool. Useful idiot is what the Russians call him.

  17. AKA Trump wannabe brother..
    Has the look on his face as a deerwood in the midst of faced in the headlights..
    Trump is a special needs idiot..

  18. Again the aides have to rush in & clean up the mess Donny made ….. Like a toddler who went poo poo in his diapers

  19. Trump really has no idea what he's doing. His strong-arm tactics are so obvious that the rest of the world doesn't even pay attention any more. Evidence – Denmark's eye-roll on buying Greenland. The rest of the world is now seeing exactly how well they can all do business without dealing with the US.

  20. Even Fox News does not believe what comes off the mouth of the Grand wizard whose credibility is even lesser on the international stage.

  21. All Trump really said was that he wanted US consumers to pay more for goods. In all of this it is the US corporations to blame but the US adapts to racism better than adapts to facts. It's the companies that put themselves in a position to be taken advantage of by the Chinese government because they wanted access to the huge Chinese markets.

  22. YES…IT'S TIME TO BRING BUSINESS ''BACK TO USA'' WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF WALL ST. GETTING RICHER ON ''OUR'' HARD WORK…TIME FOR A CHANGE…WE THE PEOPLE …REMEMBER US ?

  23. let's tell China to go to London and kiss baby trumps but and while they're at it please change his diaper he does not like to be wet cuz he's going to crap all over China Obama gave or our jobs to China for a couple egg rolls study shoved in his pocket now he could buy a vacation home him and Joey Boy God save the president Donald Trump and God bless him he doesn't eat egg rolls OB

  24. GOD BLESS MY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND GOD BLESS USA.🇺🇸👏🏿👍🇺🇸👏🏿👍🇺🇸👏🏿👍🇺🇸👏🏿👍

  25. This woman is NOT a good news presenter! She continues to ask questions about something — when Steve Miller, President Trump's spokesman has ALREADY EXPLAINED what Trump TOLD him were his real "second thoughts"! Then another five minutes of this woman asking AGAIN and SPECULATING big time about what President Trump "might" have meant to say! And that dufus "pundit" doesn't know what to say to her SPECULATIONS and scrambling over the place with HIS own speculations! Jeez, what a waste of time! Asking stupid questions just to get stupid answers! Fox News who are these people?!? — that you have presenting the so-called news? 😯🙄 Good grief!👎

  26. WhO IS THIS LIGGT WEIGHT REPORTER ON FOX,,,WGEN THESE LITE WEIGHTS TRY TO MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES,,,,THEY LIIJ KUJE FOOLS,,,,,,
    RIGHT OFF OF BAT,,,,THIS RIDICULES REPORTER,,,IS BASICALLY ASKING,,,,DOES HE THINK TRUMP IS LYING.
    FOX DO US ALL A FAVOR,,,,GIVE HER THE KITTY ASSIGNMENTS,,,,LET HER GO TO THE POUND.

  27. FOLKS FOX IS JUST LUKE TEUMP SAID,,,,IT HAS CHANGED,,,,FOX IS BASICALLY DOBE,,,,, SELLING MORE OF ITSELF EVERY DAY,,, NOW THEY ARE CNN LITE,,,,IN SIX MONTHS OR LESS,,,,,FOX WILL BE DONE

  28. People don't forget China make things that don't last.i don't trust China cause they don't help there people who really needs help you see how they live

  29. WE SHOULD NEVER THINK TWICE! REPEAT THIS UNTIL IT BECOMES BRANDED IN YOUR MIND!! DON'T THINK TWICE! DON'T THINK TWICE!! DON'T THINK TWICE!!! < GET IT?? THINK LIKE A DEMOCRAT!! GET UP TO DATE!! BE ENLIGHTENED!!!

  30. WHITE HOUSE DOES NOT NEED TO CLARIFY OR EXPLAIN ANYTHING ABOUT TRUMPS COMMENTS, WHEN TIME IS RIGHT WHAT HE SAID OR DID REVELS ITSELF IN ITS FULL GLORY ANSWERING WHEN, HOW , WHY AND WHEN. THIS WOMEN IS IDIOT. TO THINK SHE WAS IN GOVERNMENT JOB. YES IT IS CLEAR HE IS TUDE, OBNOXIOUS, AGGRESSIVE, SARCASTIC AND WE LOVE IT. SO SHUTT UP.

  31. WE MUST TALK TUFF, LIKE THIS< >STOP BEING NAUGHTY!! IT'S NOT NICE!! BE NICE OR YOU JUST MIGHT UPSET ME! < THAT'LL GET IT! TALK TUFF!! AND!! LET YOUR TALK WALK!

  32. FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS FOX=CNN FOX FAKE NEWS

  33. Who is this Fox anchor who thinks she knows better than the President when it comes to trade issues with China? Yes, she ought to belong to CNN not Fox!

  34. I hear numbers being spouted about the Chinese have ripped us off. Big numbers, but name one product and how much the theft was worth to the thieves or conversely the estimated loss incurred by the company that had it's product stolen? It's one thing to point fingers but how about facts? What exactly was stolen, how much was the loss and how was that estimated loss calculated; based on what? Also please note if that same company that was "ripped off" hired Chinese production facilities to produce that product and the increased profit the American Company gained when that product was sold back to Americans and abroad based on the lower cost of Chinese labor and production. Please include how much less profit would have resulted had they chosen American labor and production facilities to produce the same product stateside and sold it for the same price? In fact, if they had hired American production facilities would the product have been affordable to the America consumer?

    I'm just curious if these claims are "Trumped Up" or there is some fact behind them. Being a CPA I know how any number can be calculated in a variety of ways by including or by excluding variables. To quantify the amount of a theft loss their has to be an equation or method to value it. If a car is stolen you know the value can be based on a List Price or or current market value. Otherwise you might pay $100 for a bottle of OJ or 8 rolls of TP. But not one person anywhere has been close to specifying exactly what product, how much and how calculated. That leads me to believe there is absolutely nothing to back up these claims. It sounds more like sheep having the wool pulled over their eyes or rather, their brains. Please provide some specfic proof. When I make a claim I make them based on facts, not hearsay. One of you bright Fox readers must have a at least one fact. Without one a judge would dismiss your claim in court in 5 seconds So without simply repeating what the next guy said, provide some facts. Otherwise look up the defintiton of Talking Heads.

  35. in case most trump people dont know,china trade with america is only 7% now which has become insignifant,so trump constant china bashing is a diversion tactic for other more serious problems at home???

  36. Thank you President Trump for calling out the pompous elitist and stopping the transfer of wealth from America to communist China and stopping our allies from taking advantage of America. We are praying for your continued success winning for America. The fake news media is the enemy of the people.

  37. Too funny, only on Fox… hey white boy, everyone in my country and around the world hates you and our leaders have no respect for trump but are ALL now playing him like a fiddling fool.

  38. HAHAHHAHAHAHAH CNN IS DOING CARTWHEELS RIGHT NOW TITLE READ TRUMP RETURNS TO WASHINGTON AFTER 3 CONFUSING DAYS AT G7 MEETING THET CANT REPORT WHATS REALLY HAPPENED CAN THEY GOD WHAT DESPERATE MOTHER FERS THIS IS SO DELIGHTFUL WATCHING THE MADNESS POUR OUT OF THESE INSANE BRAINLESS FERS ON THE LEFT AND IN THE COMMENTS HERE SO WONDERFUL I NEED MORE POPCORN AHHA AAHAHAHAH TRUMP 4 EVA !!! 2020 !!!!

  39. NOW THAT THE CHINESE HAVE BOUGHT CNN AND THE AMERICAN MEDIA WHEN THE CIVIL WAR STARTS THERE WILL BE NO MISUNDERSTANDINGS WHEN THE CNN HEADQUARTERS BUILDING IS ASSAULTED AND CRUISE MISSILES COME FLYING IN WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY THAT WILL BE HURRY UP INSANE DEMS AND TRIGGER THIS CONFLICT !!!!

  40. THE CHOSEN ONE IS GOING TO BRING THEM TO THEIR KNEES !!!! I WANT SCREEN SHOTS OF THIS EVENT WHEN IT HAPPENS SOON OHHHH GOD I NEED MORE POPCORN !!!

  41. Fox better be careful about their emerging Anti Trump sentiments. I know one viewer who is getting sick of it.

  42. Quit lying and covering for Trumps big 👄, it's his worst downfall. Everything he does gets shadowed under his rhetorical 👄

  43. When President Trump said "Yes, I have seconds thoughts about Everything", I interpreted that as continuously reviewing all of our policies, for improvements. It did not feel like regrets about prior actions.

  44. Michael : My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.

    Kay Adams : Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don't have men killed.
    Michael : Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?>>> "The Godfather"…

  45. Kudos to this man for saying it like it is. Even though she tried repeatedly to make him say something bad about Trump.

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