Trump trade adviser swore at Treasury secretary during talks in China: CNN

Trump trade adviser swore at Treasury secretary during talks in China: CNN
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE's trade adviser, Peter Navarro, reportedly got in a shouting match with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinPolicy expert: Erdoğan wants to ramp up anti-American sentiment to distract Turkish public Harriet Tubman on the bill would be smart for the president, his party and the nation Turkish president blasts ‘economic coup’ amid heightened tensions with US MORE during recent talks in China.

CNN, citing two sources, reports that the two men, who have frequently clashed over economic policy and, in particular, Navarro's protectionist trade views, feuded publicly outside the government building in Beijing where the trade talks were taking place.

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The argument, which reached levels of "shouting and cursing," according to the news network, was out of view of Chinese officials.

It was reportedly centered over Mnuchin's tendency to sideline other U.S. officials during in the talks. Mnuchin's frequent one-on-one negotiations with China's Vice Premier Liu He were a particular frustration to Navarro, according to the CNN sources.

Axios first reported the argument.

Liu is expected to visit Washington for trade talks with the Trump administration, during which Navarro is expected to attend but not participate.

U.S.-Chinese trade relations have been on rocky ground in recent months, with both countries issuing tariffs as the Trump administration seeks to crack down on intellectual property theft.

Navarro, known as a protectionist trade hawk, has criticized Chinese trade policies in the past, even writing a book titled "Death by China."

Trump surprised many in Washington over the weekend when he tweeted in support of Chinese telecom company ZTE, saying that he was working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to get ZTE “back into business, fast.”