President Trump, “Want to make a great trade deal?, Solve the North Korea Problem.”
US President Donald Trump said in an interview Wednesday that he told Chinese President Xi Jinping the US would be willing to be more lenient in a trade deal if his country helped out with its ally North Korea.
“I told him, I said, ‘You know we’re not going to let that current trade deficit go ahead,'” President Trump said he told Xi at their meeting at his Mar-a-Lago estate last week. “‘But you want to make a great deal? Solve the problem in North Korea.’ That’s worth having deficits. And that’s worth having not as good a trade deal as I would normally be able to make.”
President Trump said he also told Xi his administration would be willing to not label China a currency manipulator in a report this week, though he repeatedly promised to do so during his campaign.
President Trump said earliee he does not see China as a currency manipulator and “our dollar is getting too strong” because the American people have so much confidence in him.
As for America’s own actions with North Korea’s nuclear threat, President Trump said a naval strike group heading to the area was meant to deter Pyongyang from further action. He said he told Xi in a telephone conversation Tuesday night to relay to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un the United States has nuclear submarines to go along with its aircraft carriers.
“You cannot allow a country like that to have nuclear power, nuclear weapons,” President Trump said. “That’s mass destruction. He doesn’t have the delivery systems yet, but he will. In many ways, that’s the easiest thing.”