No date has been set yet for a summit meeting between the US President, Mr. Donald Trump, and his Chinese counterpart, Mr. Xi Jinping, the White House said on Monday noting that the trade negotiations between the two countries still continued.
'In terms of whether or not we have a date set, not yet. We’re continuing the negotiations with China. When we have an announcement for the two leaders to sit down, we’ll certainly let you know,' the White House Press Secretary, Ms. Sarah Sanders told reporters.
She was responding to questions on reports that a summit meeting at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in the US state of Florida had been put off as China considered the US President as 'unreliable' in view of him walking away from talks with the North Korean leader, Mr. Kim Jong-un. Ms. Sanders ridiculed such a view.
'I would say that’s absurd. The President is going to make a deal if it’s a good deal. He’s going to make a deal if it’s in the best interest of America. If he doesn’t feel like it’s a good deal, it’s not worth just signing a piece of paper,' she said.
She argued that the President didn’t feel like what was on the table was enough.
'The President is 100 per cent committed to denuclearisation of the Peninsula, and he’s going to make sure that whatever we do furthers that process. We’ll see what happens with North Korea, the same way we’re going to see what happens in the negotiations with China. They’re ongoing,' she said.
Mr. Trump is going to make sure whatever deal the US got is in its best interest--that it’s fair and reciprocal trade; that it protected intellectual property; and that it actually had safeguards to make sure that the Chinese followed through with whatever commitments that they made, Ms. Sanders said.
The two leaders would sit down for talks only when the negotiations are complete.