FILE PHOTO: Containers are seen at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, China April 24, 2018.
Schumer fired back: "When it comes to being tough on China trade, I'm closer to Trump than Obama/Bush".
"On China, Barriers and Tariffs to come down for first time", he wrote Monday, following up with another tweet declaring: "Under our potential deal with China, they will purchase from our Great American Farmers practically as much as our Farmers can produce".
Since the meetings concluded, the Trump administration has appeared to offer mixed messages about the status of the discussions and whether China had actually agreed to buy an additional $200 billion of US products to reduce the trade deficit, as administration officials had previously indicated. The U.S. ran a deficit with China in goods and services previous year of $337 billion.
Also left unclear is the issue of intellectual property.
Some in USA business groups who had been pushing for tougher measures to pressure China to ease long-standing market barriers on US companies expressed disappointment.
Trump is dispatching Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to try to settle on the kinds of details that were sidestepped in last week's talks with a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the threatened tariffs had been suspended "right now", but would not be removed as a negotiating or enforcement tool.
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However, although the ZTE deal proposal comes alongside a Chinese offer to remove tariffs on US agricultural products, a Journal source said: "The White House was meticulous in affirming that the case is a law enforcement matter and not a bargaining chip in negotiations".
The United States, meanwhile, appeared to have won promises of more imports by China, although there were no specifics. The two sides gave no indication of how much progress they had made toward ending their dispute entirely, and both said hostilities could increase again.
Mnuchin said on Sunday the United States and China had agreed to drop their tariff threats, and China on Monday praised a significant dialing back of tensions.
Mnuchin has said to expect to see a big increase - 35 percent to 45 percent this year alone - in US farm sales to China.
Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, said on Sunday that management changes at ZTE would be among remedies needed before the USA would consider a reprieve.
Farm sales could be key politically, as many Trump supporters in rural states say they feared a US trade war with China would hurt their export business.
The trade talks between the U.S. and China, which kicked off last week, are reported to be fruitful.
"The administration promised to fix the China problem".
If there is success in the U.S.
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