Trump preparing to unveil new trade restrictions on China: report

Trump preparing to unveil new trade restrictions on China: report
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The Trump administration is set to unveil tougher trade measures for China in the coming weeks to combat alleged unfair trade practices, Politico reported Sunday.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE is reportedly expected to meet with other administration officials soon to discuss possibly imposing new tariffs and other policies on various economic competitors. The administration may weigh taxing steel and solar panel imports and assess Chinese intellectual property policies.

Specifics are still being worked out, Politico reported, but Trump may use his State of the Union address on Jan. 30 to further detail his plans on trade.


Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign repeatedly vowed to either renegotiate or pull out of unfavorable trade deals. His administration withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership last January, and has threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Some Republican lawmakers have previously expressed frustration with a perceived lack of direction on trade from the White House.

Trump targeted China in particular when discussing trade on the campaign trail, at one point saying China had been able to "rape our country."

Trump in November broke with his past rhetoric during a visit to China, where he blamed past U.S. administrations for “unfair” trade practices.

"I don't blame China," he said. "After all, who can blame a country that is able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens? I give China great credit."