Trump says China 'wants to make a deal so badly' and may want a Democrat to beat him

Trump says China 'wants to make a deal so badly' and may want a Democrat to beat him
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President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE said in a tweet Saturday that China wants to reach a trade agreement with the U.S. "so badly" and that the country also might be rooting for a Democrat to win the 2020 election. 

"China wants to make a deal so badly. Thousands of companies are leaving because of the Tariffs, they must stem the flow," he tweeted. "At the same time China may be hoping for a Democrat to win so they could continue the great ripoff of America, & the theft of hundreds of Billions of $’s!" 

His tweet came a day after he said the U.S. was "talking to China" but is not ready to strike a trade deal

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“We are talking to China. We are not ready to make a deal, but we’ll see what happens,” he told reporters. "They want to make a deal. I'm not ready to make a deal."

Negotiations between the countries are expected to begin again in September, but tensions have escalated in recent days. 

The Trump administration has imposed a 25 percent tariff on a separate $250 billion in Chinese products and the president has recently threatened a 10 percent tariff on a separate $300 billion in Chinese products.