Trump on China meeting: 'We'll see what happens'

Trump on China meeting: 'We'll see what happens'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE said Thursday he plans to pitch options for dealing with North Korea to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting later in the day, but would not provide specifics.

“Well, we're going to see what happens, Pete," the president told Fox News’s Pete Hegseth. "But I’m going to tell you, we’re going to be in there pitching, and I think we are going to do very well.” 

Trump repeatedly slammed China on the campaign trail for making unfair trade deals, even accusing China of “raping” the U.S.  

The president on Thursday reiterated his claim that Beijing has treated the U.S. unfairly.

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“We have not been treated fairly on trade for many, many years. No president's taken care of that the way they should have, and we have a big problem with North Korea. We're going to see what happens,” Trump said.  

Trump will host the Chinese leader on Thursday and Friday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.

The two leaders plan to "discuss global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual concern,” the White House said in a statement last week.

Their meeting comes amid rising tension about the increasingly aggressive state of North Korea and unsettled disputes about trade deals.

Trump tweeted late last month that this meeting will be “very difficult,” citing past trade negotiations and outsourced jobs. 

"The meeting next week with China will be a very difficult one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses. American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives," Trump tweeted.