Trump agrees to 2-week delay in China tariff increase
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the United States has agreed to a two-week delay in a planned increase in tariffs on some Chinese imports.
Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday that the delay is "a gesture of good will."
He says Chinese Vice Premier Liu He requested the delay "due to the fact that the People's Republic of China will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary ... on October 1st."
Trump has imposed or announced penalties on about $550 billion of Chinese products, or almost everything the United States buys from China. Tariffs of 25% that were imposed previously on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods were due to rise to 30% on Oct. 1.
Instead, Trump says, that will be delayed until Oct. 15.
The two sides have agreed to resume negotiations in Washington early next month. By delaying his tariff increase by two weeks, Trump has allowed for at least the theoretical possibility that the negotiators could make enough progress to avert his tariff increase indefinitely.
Stories that may interest you
Don't vote? The Trump campaign would like a word with you as his team searches for people in battleground states who support the president but didn't cast ballots in 2016.
Bringing her political star power to races for Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is endorsing Sen. Ed Markey for re-election in Massachusetts as he faces a potential primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy III
Democrats firmly contend they don't want to take away law-abiding citizens' firearms, but Beto O'Rourke is scrambling that message.