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Morristown, New Jersey - 13 August 2019
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1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"We had a very good talk yesterday with China, very very productive call. I think they want to do something, I think they'd like to do something dramatic. I was not sure whether they wanted to wait until a Democrat had a chance to get in. Hopefully that's not going to happen because the economy would go to hell in a handbasket very fast. But they really would like to make a deal. The call itself was very productive. I'm not sure if it was the tariffs or the call but the call was very productive. Again, they've said this many times, they've said they're gonna buy farm products, so far they've disappointed me with the truth. They haven't been truthful or lets say they have certainly delayed this decision. But it's their intention to buy a lot of farm products and we did, we had a very good call with China. I mean, they would really like to do, as you know, they have a problem in Hong Kong. But they would like very much to do something.
(Reporter question: Would you consider delaying the tariffs even further?)
We're doing this for Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on US customers but so far they've had virtually none. The only impact has been that we've collected almost 60 billion dollars from China, compliments of China. But just in case they might have an impact on people, what we've done is we've delayed it so that they won't be relevant for the Christmas shopping season."
President Donald Trump says he has delayed the many of the tariffs in his next trade war escalation with China to help "a lot of different groups of people."
The U.S. announced Tuesday it is is delaying certain tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether.
They had been scheduled to kick in on Sept. 1 and now will be delayed until Dec. 15. They had sparked retaliatory moved by China to cut off agricultural imports from the U.S. and to allow its currency to be devalued relative to the dollar.
Speaking to reporters in New Jersey before boarding Air Force One, Trump said he has delayed the tariffs so they won't impact the Christmas shopping season.
He said he believes China "really would like to make a deal" but added "they have a problem in Hong Kong."