According to a report from the Washington Post, Donald Trump admitted that he is now second-guessing himself over his trade war with China which has severely impacted American farmers and U.S. manufacturers.
The report is based upon an exchange between the president and a reporter that was noted by CNN’s Jim Acosta.
Trump was reportedly asked by an unnamed reporter, “Mr. President, any second thoughts on escalating the trade war with China?”
“Yeah, sure, why not? ” Trump replied and, pressed further, he added, “Might as well, might as well,” and then “I have second thoughts about everything.”
Reporter at G7: “Mr. President, any second thoughts on escalating the trade war with China?”
Trump: “Yeah, sure. Why not?” pic.twitter.com/FYhF7FHr4p
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 25, 2019
Hours later, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham walked back Trump’s comments, saying they had been misinterpreted and that the president meant he wished he had increased tariffs even higher. See below:
Grisham cleaning up for Trump is like when athletes say they are misquoted in their own autobiography. pic.twitter.com/a9EcSb2vvw
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) August 25, 2019
As Axios notes, ” This is the first time he has indicated any regret that his trade war with China had spiraled into an international crisis, and it could be an attempt by Trump to de-escalate tensions between the 2 countries.”
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