U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday (local time) showed optimism for a trade deal with China by saying, “We’ll know over the next four weeks.” As for a U.S.-China summit, where the two leaders would seal the deal, President Trump said he would hold a summit if there was a deal.
President Trump told reporters at a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, “Something very monumental could be announced.” But he drew a line by saying the two sides are moving closer to making a deal but that does not mean a deal is made. President Trump added that the two sides are discussing topics such as “intellectual property and theft” and “certain tariffs.”
China’s official state-run press agency Xinhua News Agency reported that President Trump sent a message to President Xi Jinping that said he is looking forward to meeting President Xi and jointly witnessing a historic moment after the two sides reach a deal. Vice Premier Liu He also delivered a message from President Xi that the two leaders need to exert their strategic leadership. The vice premier said the two sides have had “fruitful consultations” in Washington and reached “new consensus” on important issues, particularly the text of the trade agreement.