China, right now, is a total disaster, says Donald Trump

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Selective Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure

South Lawn

10:43 A.M. EDT

Q    In your view, Mr. President, do you view China as an ally, a partner, or an adversary?

THE PRESIDENT:  I view China as somebody we’re trying to make a deal with; we have a very good chance of making a deal with.  We’ve had good moments with China.  We’ve had bad moments with China.  Right now, we’re in a very important stage in terms of possibly making a deal.  If we make it, it will be the biggest trade deal ever made — if we make it.

But I view China as somebody that we deal with on the world stage.  I would like to get along with China if we can.  And if we can, that’s great.  If we can’t, that’s okay, too.

But what we’re doing is we’re negotiating a very tough deal.  If the deal is not going to be 100 percent for us, then we’re not going to make it.

And I will — and I will say this.  I will say this.  I will say this: China very much wants to make this deal.  China is getting killed.  The tariffs are killing China.  What’s happened is they have now 3 million loss of jobs, their chains are broken up.  If you look at their supply chain, which is a disaster — companies are going to other countries, including us.  China, right now, is a total disaster.

Q    Mr. President, does a trade with China have anything to do with an investigation into Joe Biden?  And will you ask Xi to investigate?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, no, no.  Let me tell you: I’m only interested in corruption.  I don’t care about politics.  I don’t care about Biden’s politics.  I never thought Biden was going to win, to be honest.  I picked somebody else a long time ago.  And we’ll see what happens.

But I never thought Biden was going to win.  But I don’t care.  I mean, frankly, if he won, I’d be very happy.  I think he’d be an easy opponent.  But I never thought Biden was going to win.  I don’t care about politics, but I do care about corruption.  And this whole thing is about corruption.  This whole thing — this whole thing is about corruption.

This is about corruption, and this is not about politics.  This is about corruption.  And if you look and you read our Constitution and many other things, we — I have an obligation to look at corruption.  I have an actual obligation and a duty.

Q    Sir, what did you say to the Chinese about the Bidens, sir?

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t know.  Somebody said that a long time ago.  Was that in 2017?  I don’t know.  You’d have to tell me when.  All I can tell you is this: When I speak to foreign leaders, I speak in an appropriate way.  If you notice, they don’t mention the call that I had with the President of Ukraine.  They don’t mention that because it was so good.

The only time they mentioned it was when Adam Schiff made it up.  You talk about Pinocchios — that should get 10 Pinocchios.  He made up — he made up a story.  It was a phony story.  Adam Schiff.  So, they don’t talk about that anymore.

You know, when this came out, it was “quid pro quo.”  Well, there was none.  Also, yesterday, the Ambassador — who I heard was tremendous and a tremendous person — he was 100 percent for what we’re saying.  A hundred percent.  And, if you look, he also said there was no quid pro quo.  That’s the whole ballgame.

But now the Democrats don’t bring that up anymore because they lost.  Look, they never thought I was going to release the phone call between the Ukrainian President and myself.  When I released that call, they were — they were jumping around like you wouldn’t believe.  They didn’t know how to respond.  And then they found out — and then they found out that the call itself was so bad for them.  It was a perfect call.  There was nothing — we hand that call out.  We’ve handed the call out to people, and they’d say, “Wow, this is incredible.”  We’re very proud of that call.  When I speak to a foreign leader, I speak in an appropriate manner.

Now, we’re also doing trade deals with China and we’re doing deals with a lot of people for the country, so I’m not looking to insult people.  I can tell you that.  But we can probably find that out.

Q    Would you be more willing to do a trade deal with the Chinese if they investigate Biden?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, it has nothing to do with it.  No.  No. I want to do a trade deal with China, but only if it’s good for our country.  And it could happen.  Because you know they’re very much — they’re very much coming over next week, as I understand it.  So I’d like to do a great deal with China, but only if it’s a great trade deal for this country.  One thing has nothing to do with the other.

The White House
Washington D.C.

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