Pushing a US-China trade deal past the 2020 presidential election takes away some of China’s leverage, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC Tuesday.
The statement arrived hours after President Trump floated the late deadline to reporters in London, saying “I think it is better to wait until after the election” for such a truce.
Ross said that the US can weather the trade-war storm as it works toward an optimal deal, and that Trump is “perfectly happy to continue with the tariffs as we have” until an agreement is met.
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Delaying a US-China trade deal until after the 2020 presidential election cuts into China’s leverage, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on CNBC Tuesday.
Ross said China may believe it has an advantage in the current situation, and that inking a deal after the election could give the US the upper-hand during future negotiations.
“That takes off the table something that they may think gives them some leverage,” he said. “Because once the election occurs — and the president seems to be in very good shape for the election — once it occurs and he’s back in, now that’s no longer a distraction that can detract from our negotiating position.”
The statement comes after President Trump floated the late deadline while talking with reporters in London earlier Tuesday. He said he has no set deadline for a trade truce, and that he is the only factor in deciding whether such a deal is made.
“In some ways I think it is better to wait until after the election, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said. “The China trade deal is dependent on one thing — do I want to make it.”
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