Trump raises doubts about possible trade deal with China

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE on Thursday cast doubt on the prospect of a trade deal between the U.S. and China, saying that Beijing has "become very spoiled" and is used to getting what it wants from Washington.

"You've never seen people come over from China to work on a trade deal. Now, will that be successful? I tend to doubt it," Trump told reporters during a meeting with the NATO secretary-general. "The reason I doubt it is because China has become very spoiled. The European Union has become very spoiled."

"Other countries have become very spoiled because they always got 100 percent of whatever they wanted from the United States. But we can’t allow that to happen anymore," he added. 


Senior U.S. officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinDem lawmaker calls for cryptocurrency probe after Mueller indictments Meet the woman who is Trump's new emissary to Capitol Hill On The Money: Fed chief lays out risks of trade war | Senate floats new Russia sanctions amid Trump backlash | House passes bill to boost business investment MORE, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerMcConnell urges GOP senators to call Trump about tariffs Companies brace for trade war MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: Commerce to review uranium imports | Lawmakers urge Trump not to impose auto tariffs | White House wants steeper cuts to EPA funding | Google hit with massive B fine Auto industry groups, lawmakers urge Trump administration to avoid tariffs on auto imports Census Bureau faces hiring woes amid low unemployment MORE, have been participating in talks with Chinese officials about a potential trade deal as the countries seek to stave off a trade war.

The Trump administration has proposed stiff tariffs on $150 billion in Chinese products. In turn, China has threatened to impose tariffs on $50 billion in U.S. goods.

While none of the tariffs have actually been put in place, the back-and-forth between Washington and Beijing has ignited fears of a trade war between the world's two largest economies. 

Trump has repeatedly decried the trade deficit between China and the U.S., insisting that Beijing has long taken advantage of Americans. He has also railed against China's theft of U.S. intellectual property.