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Trump calls report on China trade deal ‘completely wrong’

Trump calls report on China trade deal ‘completely wrong’

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  • Trump claimed Friday that recent media reports on an interim trade agreement with China were false.
  • Trump did not specify which story he was referring to. The Wall Street Journal reported a day earlier that US negotiators had offered to lower tariffs on roughly $360 billion worth of Chinese products.
  • China announced early Friday that trade officials would hold a briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET.
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President Donald Trump sowed confusion around trade negotiations early Friday, claiming that recent media reports on an interim trade agreement with China were not accurate.

“The Wall Street Journal story on the China Deal is completely wrong, especially their statement on Tariffs,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Fake News. They should find a better leaker!”

Trump did not specify which story he was referring to. The Wall Street Journal reported a day earlier that US negotiators had offered to lower tariffs on roughly $360 billion worth of Chinese products.

The Wall Street Journal did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The White House declined to elaborate. The Office of the US Trade Representative did not respond to several emails.

China is expected to hold a press briefing on trade at 10 a.m. ET. Officials initially scheduled the briefing for a half hour earlier but delayed it at the last minute.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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