Trump: China 'letting us down' by not purchasing US agricultural product

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE on Thursday lamented that China has not purchased agricultural products from the U.S. as he claimed they agreed to do as part of restarted trade negotiations.

"Mexico is doing great at the Border, but China is letting us down in that they have not been buying the agricultural products from our great Farmers that they said they would. Hopefully they will start soon!" Trump tweeted.


Trump asserted after a meeting last month with Chinese President Xi Jinping that Beijing would begin purchasing agricultural products from the U.S. as part of an agreement to not impose further tariffs.

But The New York Times reported Wednesday that Chinese officials do not believe they made an explicit commitment regarding agricultural purchases.

The breakdown could threaten to derail talks between the world's two largest economies just as they appeared to get back on track. The two sides have been working for months on establishing an extensive trade pact that addresses tariffs, intellectual property rights and other topics.

Top White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLawrence (Larry) Alan KudlowMORE told reporters on Thursday morning that the government expects China to start purchasing American farm product "very soon," calling it a "key point" of trade negotiations.

Trump agreed at the Group of 20 summit last month to a cease-fire on imposing additional tariffs as talks play out in the meantime. The Trump administration has imposed billions of dollars worth of tariffs on imports from Beijing, which has prompted retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods.

Farmers have been among those hardest hit by the tariffs. In an effort to placate them, the Trump administration has doled out billions of dollars in aid to cover their financial losses.