Trump: China Trade to Improve If ‘North Korean Problem’ SolvedBy
President tweets that if Chinese fail to act, U.S. will
Messages come after Trump and Xi met last week in Florida
U.S. President Donald Trump added public pressure to his efforts to encourage China to rein in North Korea, saying Tuesday that he told Chinese President Xi Jinping that such action will help improve the conditions of a trade deal with the U.S.
"I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!" Trump wrote on Twitter just before 8 a.m. in Washington.
"North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great," Trump followed up minutes later. "If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A."
The tweets come after Trump and Xi spent Thursday and Friday meeting at the president’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump has long criticized China for exporting more to the U.S. than it imports and vowed during his campaign to be tough on China in trade negotiations.