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BIARRITZ, France – President Donald Trump signaled for the first time on Sunday that he may have regrets over his trade war with China.
At a breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Trump said "yes" when a reporter asked if he was thinking about escalating the trade dispute with China.
"I've thought about everything," he said. The second day of the annual G-7 meeting of heads of state and government of the most industrialized countries in the world came just days after he lifted the trade dispute by raising tariffs Chinese goods worth 550 billion US dollars had tightened.
set 30% US duty on Chinese products worth $ 250 billion and 10% on 15% on new goods remaining worth $ 300 billion, of which some will come into force next month. The announcement came shortly after China announced its own tariffs on US imports, leading to a sell-off of the market.
Although Trump's comments on Sunday indicated regret, he said the escalating trade war with China was, in his view, necessary to consider Beijing's unfair trading practices.
"What (China) has done is outrageous," he said.
Trump said he has "no plans at present" to comply with his threat to use a national security bill to declare an emergency and force US companies to leave China. But he insisted that he have the authority to do so.
"If I want, I could declare a national emergency," he said. But, "Actually, we get along well with China right now … so we'll see what happens."  Mo dieu !: Trump arrives at the G7 summit in France on, under the pressure of tariffs on French wines
Other G7 leaders have expressed concerns over the trade dispute between China and the US Johnson said on Saturday told reporters that he was worried about the escalating trade war between the US and China and suggested reducing tensions.
"Just to record the faint, sheepish note from our perspective on the trade war, we endorse trade and trade altogether Choose him yourself if we can, "Johnson told Trump at Sunday's breakfast meeting.
The two leaders then cautiously parried in the trade.
"Britain has benefited massively from free trade over the past 200 years and we want to see that," said Johnson. "And so we are curious – we do not like customs on the whole."
"Do not talk about the last three," joked Trump. "Two hundred, I agree with you."
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