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Trump is So 'Miffed' with China That Trade Deal is Not as Important to Him Anymore: White House Adviser

For representation: US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping pose for a photo ahead of their bilateral meeting during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

For representation: US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping pose for a photo ahead of their bilateral meeting during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the US-China "Phase 1" trade deal reached in January was intact for the moment, but that the Trump administration was watching to see whether Beijing meets the commitments it made.

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  • Last Updated: May 26, 2020, 11:00 PM IST
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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is so "miffed" with Beijing over the novel coronavirus and other matters that the US-China trade deal is not as important to him as it once was.

Speaking on Fox News Channel, Kudlow also called Beijing's actions in Hong Kong very disturbing.

He said the US-China "Phase 1" trade deal reached in January was intact for the moment, but that the Trump administration was watching to see whether Beijing meets the commitments it made.

Losing patience after Hong Kong did not adopt national security legislation on its own, China announced on Thursday that it would directly enact laws to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in the city.

"I think China is making a big mistake, frankly," Kudlow told Fox Business Network in a subsequent interview.

He said the Trump administration would welcome back any American company in Hong Kong or on the Chinese mainland that wanted to return to the United States. "We will do what we can for full expensing and pay the cost of moving if they return their supply chains and their production to the United States," Kudlow said.

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