The Rollback of Chinese Customs is subject to fierce resistance in the White House
An agreement between the United States and China to repatriate existing tariffs in a "Phase 1" deal has met with strong internal opposition from the White House and external advisers.
The idea of tariff reduction was not part of the original "handshake" agreement between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and US President Donald Trump.
Chinese officials said Thursday that tariff cuts had been agreed, and one US official confirmed that this was the case on early Thursday afternoon.
According to President Donald Trump, there is disagreement within the government over whether tariff cuts will affect US leverage in the negotiations
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The Chinese Communist Party is trying to "act" the agreement again, said Stephen Bannon, former White House adviser. He added that the withdrawal of past tariffs is "against the grain" of the original October deal.
"There is nothing that hates Trump more than someone who reverses a deal," he said.
No one in the White House would do that Go into the files to confirm the division, and the US Commerce Department has not commented on whether or not there will be tariff reductions.
This is "very similar" to Beijing, said Christian Whiton, a former Advisor to Trump Administration on issues relating to East Asia. The Chinese Communist Party is using a "hyper-aggressive negotiation strategy to redefine reality," he said.
"Ultimately, Trump is the original hawk in Chinese trade," said Whiton. "I would be very surprised," if he agreed.