The White House on Sunday sought to clarify President Trump’s remarks on whether he has any regrets about escalating a trade war with China, saying that the president’s comment was “greatly misinterpreted.”
“The President was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative – because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher.”
The statement was issued shortly after Trump was asked about the longstanding trade dispute between his administration and Beijing at the Group of 7 summit in Biarritz, France.
When asked by reporters if he had any second thoughts about escalating the trade war with China, Trump responded, “yeah, sure, why not?”
Reporter at G7: “Mr. President, any second thoughts on escalating the trade war with China?”
Trump: “Yeah, sure. Why not?” pic.twitter.com/FYhF7FHr4p
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 25, 2019
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