Trump says he has no interest in paying tariffs to China
Trump has called for the United States to negotiate bilateral trade deals with China.
But the President also suggested Thursday he might not pay any tariffs to the country.
“I don’t want to be involved in a trade war,” Trump said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“We have to negotiate.”
The White House has said it would not pay for the tariffs, which would cost the U.S. $400 billion a year.
The president made the comments at a news conference in the Oval Office.
The administration’s official position has been that tariffs are “not on the table” as part of any bilateral trade deal.
Trump has repeatedly promised to slap tariffs on China in exchange for a trade deal, but the White House says he hasn’t been specific about what type of deals he might be willing to make.
But a senior administration official told ABC News that Trump is considering other measures that could include the possibility of “dumping” goods from the U, including U.K. car imports, to China.
“The President has indicated that he would be open to having the United Kingdom as a partner on the trade front,” the White Street Journal reported Wednesday.