Trump: “I don’t blame China” for taking “advantage” on trade

BEIJING — In joint remarks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Trump said he gives China “great credit” for “taking advantage” of the U.S. on trade but the two countries will have a “more prosperous future if we can achieve a level economic playing field.”

“Right now, unfortunately, it is a very one-sided and unfair one,” Mr. Trump said. “But I don’t blame China. After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens? I give China great credit … but in actuality, I do blame past administrations for allowing this out of control trade deficit to take place and to grow.”

In his remarks, Xi said “opening up is China’s basic state policy – China will not close its door of opening up, and will open even wider.”

President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping make joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.


Mr. Trump emerged from a lengthy meeting with Xi on Thursday to declare that he believed he and Xi together can solve “probably all” the world’s problems.

“I look forward to many years of success and friendship working together to solve not only our problems, but world problems, and problems of great danger and security,” Mr. Trump said between meetings at the Great Hall of the People. “I believe we can solve almost all of them, and probably all of them.”

Mr. Trump and Xi were discussing a series of thorny issues during Mr. Trump’s second day in China, including China’s willingness to put the squeeze on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, and the U.S.-China trade relationship.

Mr. Trump projected confidence on both fronts. He said both he and Xi believe “a solution” exists on North Korea. And he said the countries’ trade relationship –which he complained had gotten “so far out of kilter” — would be made “fair and it’ll be tremendous for both of us.”

Xi, meanwhile, said…

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