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 John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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

“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.