Trump says he will meet with Chinese vice premier Friday amid trade talks

Trump says he will meet with Chinese vice premier Friday amid trade talks

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE said Thursday that he plans to meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House on Friday as the United States and China move forward with trade negotiations.

“Big day of negotiations with China. They want to make a deal, but do I? I meet with the Vice Premier tomorrow at The White House,” Trump announced on Twitter on Thursday morning. 

Trump’s tweet came after the South China Morning Post reported trade discussions would end Thursday, earlier than anticipated.

Chinese officials are in Washington for the latest round of high-level trade talks following weeks of lower-level discussions. 

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The White House said earlier this week that U.S. trade representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerPelosi sounds hopeful on new NAFTA deal despite tensions with White House On The Money: Economy adds 164K jobs in July | Trump signs two-year budget deal, but border showdown looms | US, EU strike deal on beef exports Chinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTop economic adviser warned Trump on reelection chances ahead of China truce: report The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever MORE would welcome the Chinese delegation on Thursday to discuss forced technology transfer, intellectual property rights, agriculture, enforcement and other issues. 

The U.S. and China have been locked in a trade dispute for much of Trump’s time in office. Trump has sought to pressure China with tariffs to come to the table on a new trade agreement that reins in Beijing’s trade practices, but his administration’s efforts have thus far been unsuccessful and both sides have instead ratcheted up tariffs. 

Trump has expressed optimism about the prospect of a trade agreement and downplayed the impact of the trade war on the U.S. economy.

News earlier this week that the U.S. would blacklist eight Chinese technology companies increased tensions days before trade negotiations were set to start, provoking doubts about the possibility of a deal.