The White House is moving ahead with plans for President Trump to sit down with China’s leader amid increasing tensions between the two countries over trade during a G-20 summit meeting next month in Argentina, according to a report Thursday.

The Trump administration — pushed by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow — has been in contact in recent days with Beijing to go ahead with the meeting with President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said his slapping billions of dollars of tariffs on Chinese goods has forced them to try to make a deal.

“They want to negotiate, they want to negotiate badly, but I told them, ‘You’re not ready yet. You’re not ready yet,’” he said Thursday.

“I put $250 billion worth of taxes, or tariffs, on China and it’s had a big impact. If you look at their economy now, it’s a whole different ball game,” he continued. “Their economy has gone down very substantially. And I have a lot more to do if I want to do it and I don’t want to do but they have to come to the table.”

China retaliated by imposing $60 billion in tariffs on US products.

The president and Vice President Mike Pence in recent weeks have also accused Beijing of trying to meddle in November’s midterm elections to hurt Trump because he is putting pressure on China over trade.

China has denied it is interfering.



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