Trade

Trump Says No Deal Until He Meets Xi. Again.

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I'm sure we've seen this movie before.

Trump spoke to reporters at the White House this morning where he said he would not sign off on a trade deal of any description until he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping next month.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he likely would not sign any trade deal with China until he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the upcoming APEC Forum in Chile.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said the partial trade deal announced last week was in the process of being formalized on paper.

Trump also told reporters that China is already buying American farm goods as part of this deal that he won't sign until the middle of November according to him. And that obviously isn't true.

In any case, this has all happened before and is clearly going to happen again.

You may recall that Trump previously said he would not sign a deal until meeting with Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan in June. That meeting ultimately resulted in a "truce" that only lasted a few weeks before Trump blew it up with more tariffs on Chinese goods.

Trump's fake "deal" as it's currently constructed strongly resembles Trump's truce from June. Trump is making promises that China has not made and most of the details remain subject to change if there are actually any details locked down at all.

Trump's meeting with Xi Jinping at the APEC summit will not take place until November 17th so we have at least another month for tariffs to burn a hole in Trump's pocket. Can he resist for that long?

  • David Greenberg

    When this whole thing began, I felt sympathetic towards small farmers. At this point in time as they declare their support for trump, my attitude has changed to “eff ‘em”. They deserve whatever they get.

    • Draxiar

      Tracking with you on this.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump claims the partial trade deal he’s been crowing about is being formalized—or, in Trumpspeak, “It’s being papered.”—but …

    China wants more talks as soon as the end of October to hammer out the details of the “phase one” pact, according to a Bloomberg report on Monday that cited people familiar with the matter.

    Trump has obviously decided Boris Johnson has all the right ideas about international negotiations: make unreasonable demands, loudly proclaim an agreement is not just possible but likely, don’t negotiate in good faith and then declare the failure to reach agreement the fault of the other party.

    Not that Trump didn’t already know how to negotiate in bad faith, but he’s used to chiseling small businesses; his brother from another mother has more experience in earning countries’—indeed, an entire continent’s—distrust and enmity.

    –alopecia