Pompeo: Trade Deal With China Must Be Perfect

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump is supposedly going to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the relatively near future to sign a piece of paper and Trump has even referred to their upcoming meeting as a "signing summit," but it increasingly looks like they may not have anything to sign.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to reporters this morning who asked him if Trump is willing to walk away from negotiations and Pompeo said "yes."

From Reuters:

“Things are in a good place, but it’s got to be right,” Pompeo told Sinclair Broadcasting Group, according to a transcript released by the State Department on Tuesday.

Asked if Trump would walk away from any deal that was not perfect, Pompeo said, “Yes” and pointed to the Republican president’s rejection of an agreement with North Korea at a summit last week in Hanoi.

Trump last week said that he was willing to abandon trade talks with China, but U.S. advisers in recent days have signaled more positive outcomes.

What do Trump's meetings with Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping have in common?

In both cases, they're flying by the seat of their pants and heading into high leveling meetings without a clear goal or clear proposals.

To say that things are "in a good place" does not actually tell us anything substantive and we still haven't heard specific details about what, if anything, Chinese and American negotiators have agreed to during recent talks.

Given that Pompeo is already floating the idea of talks continuing after Trump's upcoming meeting with Xi Jinping, I expect it will be largely symbolic if the two of them sign a piece of paper.

  • muselet

    “Things are in a good place, but it’s got to be right.”

    Had Mike Pompeo left it at that, he would have made an utterly anodyne, carefully diplomatic statement (the sort that a Secretary of State is expected to make).

    But then he had to engage in some gratuitous dick-swinging on Donald Trump’s behalf, presumably to keep The Base happy. If the Chinese leadership was inclined to make concessions to end the Trump Trade War before Pompeo popped off, I doubt they are now.

    What a bunch of dumbasses.


  • katanahamon

    Since Rump is now telling 22-24 verifiable lies a day, a personal record, how can he be trusted, or even allowed to conduct business for the US? The White House has now refused to comply with a committee’s request for security clearance docs on Kushner and others. It’s….ridiculous. We have first an incompetent president and staff, second a malevolently criminal president and staff, so..time’s up. Bring on the indictments, handcuffs, prosecutions and incarcerations!

  • Oh my goodness, don’t get me started….First of all there’s no such thing as a perfect trade deal, even under the best of circumstances. Both sides have to give and take a little. Second, I was hearing on NPR this morning that Trump is looking at tariffs on 1600+ Indian goods now. The madness continues apace. Hurry up Mr. Mueller. Hurry the hell up.

    • Draxiar

      Agent Orange’s idea of a perfect trade deal is: *He* wins, China loses.

      That’s how he does business, that’s how he does trade, that’s why he’ll walk away, and that’s why farmers will continue their suicide spree. He’s a fuck up, he’s always been a fuck up, and he’ll never be anything more except maybe a prisoner…Oh I hope he’s a prisoner In general population.

      • In an uncomfortable orange jumpsuit and unable to perform his daily hair ritual….That would make my decade!

        • Draxiar

          Oh yeah…and with no social media access…specifically Twitter. Maybe put a TV in his room that only airs negative coverage of him and his family (except Tiffany) and positive coverage of President Obama.