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Bannon Slams Mnuchin Over China Trade Truce; “You Might As Well Have Hank Paulson Doing This”


“Trump changed the dynamic regarding China, but in one weekend Secretary Mnuchin has given it away.”
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon slammed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday over a weekend truce in the ongoing trade dispute with China.
In comments to Bloomberg  on Monday, Bannon said that Trump “changed the dynamic regarding China, but in one weekend Secretary Mnuchin has given it away .”
“ We’re putting the trade war on hold,” said Mnuchin in a Joint statement with China on Sunday. “Right now, we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we execute the framework.”
Bannon wasn’t impressed – telling  Bloomberg  that Mnuchin “misses the central point” of the economic competition between the two nations.
“They’re in a trade war with us and it hasn’t stopped,” Bannon said. “Mnuchin has completely misread the geopolitical, military, and historical precedence and what President Trump had done was finally put the Chinese on their back heels.”
“ You might as well have Hank Paulson doing this ”
The Trump administration said it would back down from prior threats of new tariffs against China after the two nations agreed to “substantially” downsize the U. S. merchandise trade deficit, which hit a record $375 billion last year. In response, Beijing promised to “significantly” increase US purchases going forward – albeit with no dollar figure attached. The White House, however, gave assurances that China would cave to its demand for a $200 billion annual trade-gap reduction.
Trump on Monday defended the negotiations.

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