The Donald is open to an US-Chinese trade deal and has made it clear he’s willing to take it to the next level.
The Republican president told a meeting of Republican lawmakers in Virginia on Wednesday that he’d be open to negotiating a deal with China, the Guardian newspaper reported.
The statement came as the administration and Beijing prepare to unveil a sweeping new economic and security pact between the world’s two biggest economies.
Trump has repeatedly called for a trade deal with Beijing, which is struggling to contain a deadly pandemic that has claimed more than 100,000 lives.
The new pact will be the first of its kind, Trump told lawmakers, calling it the “gold standard” of free trade and the “single most important thing that we can do.”
China and the US have been at odds for years over the North Korean crisis, which has seen the two nations ratchet up tensions and threatened to escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula.
The White House is expected to announce the deal on Thursday.
Trump also promised to give Congress a tax cut next year and that he would appoint a new director of the US Trade Representative.