President Donald Trump doubled down on his approach toward trade negotiations with China on Monday, suggesting a week of whiplash developments between the largest economies was par for the course.
Speaking at a press conference at the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, Trump said he was not concerned that his increasingly volatile stance toward China would undermine stability in the global economy.
“Sorry! It’s the way I negotiate,” he told reporters. “It’s done very well for me over the years. It’s doing very well for the country.”
The comment came after a dizzying week of economic messages from the White House, which have sown confusion among businesses and investors.
Trump said on Monday that China asked the US to restart negotiations in a series of phone calls between high-level officials on Sunday, but the details remained elusive. He also praised President Xi Jinping as “a great leader who happens to be a brilliant man,” days after portraying him as an “enemy” of the US.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said he was “not aware” of the phone calls Trump had mentioned on Monday. The Global Times, an organ of the Chinese Communist Party, also questioned the newfound optimism.
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