Trump says he’s optimistic about trade deal with Chinese President Xi, in interview with Tucker Carlson

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President Trump expressed optimism about a possible trade deal between his administration and Chinese President Xi Jinping, during an interview with Tucker Carlson set to air Monday night on Fox News.

Trump sat down with Carlson during the president’s trip which included stops in Osaka, Japan, for the G20 summit, and a first-of-its kind visit by a U.S. president to North Korea, meeting with dictator Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone (DMZ).

President Trump told Carlson he was hopeful about striking a trade agreement with Xi.

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“You just recently hours ago met with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping,” Carlson said. “Are you closer, do you think after that meeting, to a trade deal?”

“I think so,” Trump replied. “We had a very good meeting. He wants to make a deal. I want to make a deal. Very big deal, probably, I guess you’d say the largest deal ever made of any kind, not only trade.”

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“We got along very well,” Trump added. “We understand each other.”

Trump had met with Xi during the G20 summit in Osaka and described the meeting as “excellent” before saying the two countries were “back on track.”

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The news arrives on the heels of Trump announcing that Chinese tech giant Huawei could purchase equipment from U.S. companies after being blacklisted.

“U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei,” Trump said at a news conference. “We’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it.”

Huawei was placed on a blacklist last month barring American companies from providing them with computer chips or software, without first going through the federal government.

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Trump had enacted tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports this year and has said he’s willing to add tariffs on an additional $300 billion. China hit back with its own tariffs on American exports.

Carlson’s full interview with Trump is scheduled for Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at 8 p.m. ET.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report 

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