The Trump administration took a two-pronged trade approach to China on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump blasted Beijing over halting agriculture imports while the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said it was delaying tariffs on certain Chinese goods.
On Twitter, Trump criticized China for its suspension of U.S. agricultural purchases, a move announced on Aug. 5. “As usual, China said they were going to be buying ‘big’ from our great American Farmers,” the president said. “So far they have not done what they said. Maybe this will be different!”
Trump’s complaint came at the same time the U.S. announced it would delay tariffs on consumer items including cell phones, laptop computers and video game consoles. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
jumped more than 400 points as the tariff delay was announced and a U.S. official said top Trump administration negotiators and their Chinese counterpart had spoken and planned to hold more talks.
As recently as Friday, Trump had cast doubt on the resumption of talks between the two sides. The president has threatened to slap 10% tariffs on a raft of Chinese goods on Sept. 1 if discussions don’t bear fruit.
CUOMO AND SCHILLING
Trump tweeted twice about CNN host Chris Cuomo, who was caught on video flying into a rage at a man for calling him “Fredo,” in an apparent insult referencing a weak character in “The Godfather.”
“I thought Chris was Fredo also,” Trump said in one tweet, before writing in another, “Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant?” That’s a reference to so-called red flag laws, which would allow law enforcement to seize guns from people who are found to be dangerous. Cuomo, the younger brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, recently hosted a town hall on gun control on CNN. Trump frequently criticizes the AT&T
Separately, Trump tweeted it was “terrific!” that former professional baseball player Curt Schilling is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Schilling said in a statement to the Arizona Republic that the state “is not the state I grew up in,” and claimed that residents were being made “2nd class citizens to illegal immigrants.” Schilling was fired by ESPN in April 2016 for anti-transgender comments.