GOP pollster says Trump will keep focus on China trade issues ahead of 2020

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE is likely to highlight trade issues with China as the 2020 campaign gains momentum, despite no signs of Beijing letting up in the ongoing trade war, Republican pollster Jim Hobart said Monday on Hill.TV.

"It's an issue that he definitely sees as a clear winner for him," Hobart, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"This is something that the president feels very strongly about," Hobart said. "He thinks it's a really strong contrast between him and former Vice President Biden, who he sees right now as his most likely opponent. So it's not something that he's going to move away from."

A major component of Trump's 2016 campaign focused on trade issues, including getting tough on China.

Washington and Beijing are now entrenched in a trade war that's approaching the one-year mark, with no signs of a possible breakthrough.

Trump last week increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, and China retaliated Monday with tariffs on U.S. goods that are set to go into effect on June 1.

— Julia Manchester