Trump raises doubts about possible trade deal with China

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president 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 MnuchinTrump announces tariffs on 0B in Chinese goods Trump: China tariff announcement to come Monday afternoon Trump could hit China with tariffs of 0 billion as soon as Monday 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 RossTrump moving forward with additional 0 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods: report Here are the administration officials who have denied they wrote the anonymous NYT op-ed CNN: Trump searching for Woodward sources in White House 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.