White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday that he is still not sure if President Donald Trump will impose his proposed tariffs on countries like China.
On his sixth day as Trump's chief economic adviser, Kudlow spoke with his former network, CNBC, about whether Trump will start a trade war that could hurt the U.S. economy.
Kudlow, however, said that countries like China were to blame for creating a trade imbalance and stealing intellectual property.
"Take a look at what China's responses have been," Kudlow told CNBC. "You're just blaming President Trump. China has been tough, ideological, mean. Read their press releases. Part of the reason to consider a second action, China's response to the first one was completely unsatisfactory. And by the way, it wasn't very diplomatic either."
Kudlow accused former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush of being weak on trade with China.
"We've never stayed the course," he said. "I don't know whether we're going to have tariffs or not. I would take the president's arguments quite seriously. We may. On the other hand, we may be able to settle this with negotiations. We will see how this thing turns out."
Watch the video below from CNBC.