President Donald Trump on Friday defended his executive order that bans Chinese buyers from buying U.S. goods, saying it would make the United States more competitive.
Trump made the comments at a news conference in which he called on Chinese manufacturers to “look into their own interests” and warned that he was “getting a lot of criticism” for what he called a “very negative, discriminatory” policy.
“We have a lot to be proud of in this country.
We have a huge country that we have built and we’ve built in many different ways.
I want to make sure we are competitive,” Trump said.
Trump was speaking in response to a question from a reporter who asked about the executive order.
The White House later issued a statement saying Trump had made the remarks as part of his “unprecedented and unprecedented visit” to China.
China’s Commerce Ministry, in response, said it had “positive feedback” from U.K. officials about Trump’s visit to China and said it was working to improve bilateral trade relations.
But Trump on Wednesday told a Chinese state-run newspaper that “there’s a lot going on” with China, and he warned that “all you need to do is look at what happened” in Europe, and “they’re all over the place” with respect to trade and immigration policies.
China said on Thursday that Trump’s order was illegal, and China said it would not pay for the Trump-Xi summit unless the United Nations lifts a travel ban on the two countries.