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White House Backpedals After Trump Expresses ‘Second Thoughts' On China Trade War


Added 08-25-19 11:54:03am EST - “Asked during the G-7 summit whether he had regrets over the ongoing trade dispute, the president said: "I have second thoughts about everything."” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “White House Backpedals After Trump Expresses ‘Second Thoughts' On China Trade War”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Hours after President Donald Trump admitted to having “second thoughts” about escalating the ongoing trade conflict with China, the White House issued a statement asserting the president’s remarks had been “greatly misinterpreted” ― and that he’d actually been expressing regret at “not raising the tariffs higher.”

Speaking to reporters ahead of a Sunday breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G-7 summit, Trump was asked if he was rethinking his recent decision to again escalate tariffs on Chinese goods.

“Might as well. Might as well,” he said, when asked again. “I have second thoughts about everything.”

Reporter at G7: “Mr. President, any second thoughts on escalating the trade war with China?”Trump: “Yeah, sure. Why not?” pic.twitter.com/FYhF7FHr4p

The Washington Post reported that Trump’s remarks represented the first time that the president had expressed regret over the worsening trade war ― a clash that has escalated dramatically in recent days, prompting fears of an impending global recession.

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