President Donald Trump touted what he said was a “very good call with China” on Tuesday, as he moved to delay tariffs on Chinese cell phones, laptops and other consumer items.
Trump told reporters China “would really like to make a deal,” after a U.S. official said top administration negotiators and their Chinese counterparts had spoken and planned to hold more talks.
Tuesday morning, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office announced it would delay tariffs on consumer items including cell phones, laptop computers and videogame consoles. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
jumped more than 400 points as the tariff delay was announced. Trump said the delay was “just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. consumers” around the Christmas-holiday shopping season. Previously Trump has said it is China that pays the tariffs.
As recently as Friday, Trump had cast doubt on the resumption of talks between the two sides. The president has threatened to slap 10% tariffs on a raft of Chinese goods on Sept. 1 if discussions don’t bear fruit. In a speech at a Shell
facility in Monaca, Pa., Trump defended his steel tariffs on a variety of nations, and credited them for a “thriving” steel industry. Steel and aluminum manufacturers have added less than 15,000 jobs since Trump took office.
Trump also commented on clashes between protesters and police in Hong Kong. “I hope it works out for everybody, including China,” he said. In tweets, he said he didn’t understand criticism that he’s partly responsible for the situation, and cited U.S. intelligence as saying the Chinese government was moving troops to the Hong Kong border — something that has previously been reported in the media.
CUOMO AND SCHILLING
Trump tweeted twice about CNN host Chris Cuomo, who was caught on video flying into a rage at a man for calling him “Fredo,” in an apparent insult referencing a weak character in “The Godfather.”
“I thought Chris was Fredo also,” Trump said in one tweet, before writing in another, “Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant?” That’s a reference to so-called red flag laws, which would allow law enforcement to seize guns from people who are found to be dangerous. Cuomo, the younger brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, recently hosted a town hall on gun control on CNN. Trump frequently criticizes the AT&T
Separately, Trump tweeted it was “terrific!” that former professional baseball player Curt Schilling is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Schilling said in a statement to the Arizona Republic that the state “is not the state I grew up in,” and claimed that residents were being made “2nd class citizens to illegal immigrants.” Schilling was fired by ESPN in April 2016 for anti-transgender comments.