U.S. President Donald Trump appears positive over recent trade talks with China. But Trump is not so upbeat about coming to an agreement with the Democrats and ending the government shutdown. Could a trade resolution with China happen before the government starts to pay its employees?
As Trump left for his visit to Texas and the U.S. border with Mexico today he told reporters:
“We’re negotiating and having tremendous success with China”
Yet yesterday Trump left the negotiating table with the Democrats saying speaking to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a waste of time. Neither Trump and the Republicans, or Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the Democrats, will move their stances to end a partial government shutdown that’s reaching a critical peak.
Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
Today, after boasting of success with China, Trump said he found China to be “far more honorable” than Schumer and Pelosi. He added:
“I think that China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party”
The U.S. has given China a list of demands relating to trade and China’s policies on intellectual property protection, technology transfers, and subsidies. This week’s trade talks are not expected to produce a final resolution,