U.S.-China trade deal
'too hard to get done,' Trump says
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[May 23, 2018]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday signaled a new
direction in U.S. and China's trade talks, saying the
current track appeared "too hard to get done" and that
any possible deal needed "a different structure."
Chinese and U.S. flags are set up for a meeting during a
visit by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at
China's Ministry of Transport in Beijing, China April
27, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee
In an early morning post on Twitter, Trump cited difficulties
such as verification but gave no other details about what he or
his administration was looking for amid ongoing negotiations.
Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond
to a request for more details about the president's statement.
"Our trade deal with China is moving along nicely, but in the
end we will probably have to use a different structure in that
this will be too hard to get done and to verify results after
completion," Trump wrote in his post.
Trump's statement comes amid ongoing negotiations between the
world's two largest economies after potential tariffs on both
sides raised fears of a trade war even as some tensions have
eased over signs of some progress.
On Tuesday, Trump told reporters that he was not pleased with
recent trade talks between the two countries but that they "were
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Nick Zieminski)
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