President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE on Thursday told his aides to move forward with tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, even as the administration seeks to restart trade talks with Beijing, according to Bloomberg News.
Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinMenendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election MORE this week proposed another round of talks with China in an effort to ease tensions in the escalating trade war that is raising concerns on Capitol Hill and throughout the business community.
Trump's strong desire to narrow the expanding trade gap with China has led to tit-for-tat tariffs of $50 billion imposed by each country. He has promised tariffs of $200 billion on China's imports, a move that's been delayed while officials determine a final list of products based on recently submitted public comments.
Trump met Thursday with his top trade advisers, including Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossHouse panel, Commerce Department reach agreement on census documents China sanctions Wilbur Ross, others after US warns of doing business in Hong Kong DOJ won't prosecute Wilbur Ross after watchdog found he gave false testimony MORE and U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerBob LighthizerBiden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Whiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' MORE, to discuss the China tariffs, Bloomberg News reported on Friday.
He expressed confidence this week that his sweeping tariffs plan will work.
"They are under pressure to make a deal with us," Trump tweeted on Thursday, referring to China. "Our markets are surging, theirs are collapsing. We will soon be taking in Billions in Tariffs & making products at home. If we meet, we meet?"
Trump has said he's using the tariffs as leverage to force China to change what he considers unfair trade practices, like stealing U.S. intellectual property and forcing U.S. firms to transfer their technology to China.
Last week, Trump threatened a third batch of tariffs on another $267 billion of Chinese imports, covering more than all Chinese exports to the U.S.
Updated at 1:14 p.m.