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Trump Says China Trade Deal Is Possible as Tariff Deadline Nears

May 9, 2019, 5:27 PM

President Donald Trump on Thursday insisted a trade deal with China was still possible to reach this week, even as he reiterated plans to raise tariffs on Chinese goods within hours.

Trump, speaking at an event in Washington, said he may hold a phone call with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, who had sent him a letter about working closely together. He spoke as China’s top trade envoy Liu He was due to land in Washington for two days of trade talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, starting at 5 p.m. on May 9.

“He just wrote me a...

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