President Trump on Wednesday proclaimed that he was the "chosen one" to end China's unfair trade practices - and again blamed his predecessors for not dealing with the issue during their own time in office.
The president said China was experiencing one of the worst months in half a century economically under his tough trade policies and signaled optimism that they were ready to make a deal.
"Somebody had to do it".
Trump's controversial trade war with China has been at the forefront of conversations on the economy in recent days amid fears of a looming recession.
Notwithstanding the sharp differences between the U.S. on the one side, and France and Germany on the other, on a range of trade and climate-related issues, there will be a strong push towards adopting a common position against China.
The president continued to defend his struggle with China, telling reporters outside the White House it was up to him to do what past presidents should have done sooner.
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Despite warnings from the International Monetary Fund that his trade war is slowing global growth and growing signs that the United States may be headed for recession, Trump has shown little sign of easing off against China although trade talks are due to resume next month. And you know what?
He said he was elected to have this fight. Those are due to go ahead on more than US$100 billion of Chinese goods despite the Trump administration's decision to postpone some other planned increases to mid-December.
"Despite the U.S. decision to delay tariffs on some Chinese goods... if the United States rides roughshod over China's opposition and impose any new tariffs, China will be forced to adopt retaliatory actions", the spokesman told a news briefing as cited by Reuters.
On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said he hopes that the USA and China can "get along" and resume "mutually beneficial" trade. Not a normal thing that people usually say unless they are Superman or Harry Potter, or like, a complete narcissist, but sure. "And that's because of me". "The fact is somebody had to take China on".
"Well, China is wonderful for China, but I'm wonderful for the US", the commander in chief said.