Trade war: China not ready for a deal yet, says Donald Trump

Posted October 18, 2018

Stahl pressed Trump on why, "publicly", he never has "a harsh word for Vladimir Putin".

"I think China meddled also", Trump insisted in the interview.

When Stahl told Trump she had considered the "impact' of him changing his mind and admitting, "There really is climate change, ' the president answered, "I'm not denying climate change". The two of us. This would have been a good playbook for a conservative-but-not-category-busting President Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush, perhaps; all players could say their piece, and all could go home relatively unscathed.

Stahl then asked if Putin is involved in "assassinations" or "poisonings".

Trump has begun accusing China of meddling in USA elections only recently and in connection with Beijing's selective targeting of his voter-base for retaliatory measures against tariffs imposed by Trump on Chinese imports.

Trump countered, saying that unlike his predecessor, he "gave Ukraine offensive weapons and tank killers" to help counter the Moscow-backed war in the country's east. "But I don't know that it's man-made". This is the first time Trump has said that China meddled in the 2016 presidential elections. "He's the one who gave away part of Ukraine where Russian Federation has now submarines". They wouldn't able to help me at all. He has also accused China of intellectual property theft. "I know these things", he said.

The president left the door open to reviving a much-criticized practice of separating migrant parents and their children at the Mexican border, something the Washington Post reported last week was under consideration within the administration.

Peskov said that in any case there are no grounds for accusations against the Russian president.

There were several similarly testy exchanges, including one about Trump's relationship with Putin, his Russian counterpart with whom he was criticized for being friendly to during a meeting in Helsinki earlier this year.

Trump announced three weeks ago that he was levying a new round of tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, prompting China to respond by imposing tariffs on $60 billion of American imports.

Chinese officials have complained before about receiving mixed signals from Trump's economic team. "The problem was, I was getting to know the leaders". In another episode, after Trump said he wanted to have Syrian President Bashar Assad assassinated, Mattis reportedly agreed but later told an aide, "We're not going to do any of that".