The United States will not remove the on Chinese imports for a substantial period of time even if a trade deal is struck, President Donald Trump said Wednesday.
“We’re not talking about removing them,” Trump said to reporters on the White House lawn. “We’re talking about leaving them for a substantial period of time because we have to make sure that if we do the deal with China that China lives by the deal.”
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The president’s comments come a day after Bloomberg News reported that China was walking back some earlier commitments it had made in trade talks in an effort to get the U.S. to promise to lift the tariffs immediately.
U.S. officials have not publicly said before that tariffs would not be lifted upon a successful conclusion of trade negotiations. Instead, they’ve...