Trump refuses to raise tariffs to get trade agreement

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press after announcing and negotiating with China in the southern

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press after announcing and negotiating with China in the southern lawn of the White House in Washington.

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US President objected to the total elimination of retaliatory tariffs he has imposed since March 2018 to Chinese products

The US and China have admitted to be close of signing a first phase of a trade agreement ending nearly two years of a dispute that has led to the imposition of retaliatory tariffs by both sides, but China puts it as a 'sine qua non' condition that the American Government phase out all levies imposed.

Asked today about the possibility of raising the fees, Trump replied that he is unwilling to make that concession.

"China would like us to go backwards. I will not do so, "said the US President, in a statement that could jeopardize the advance of the trade agreement negotiations.

Regarding the place for signing the first phase of this agreement, Trump said he wants it to be held in the United States, denying rumors about seeking a neutral place, such as Europe, advanced by the international media.

"It could be in Iowa," Trump said, referring to one of the US states where the Democratic Party first elections will soon be held, an opponent of the Republican Party supporting the President in the White House race in 2020.

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