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Second thoughts? Trump actually regrets China tariffs aren’t higher, White House says

2019-08-25

Asked Sunday at the Group of Seven summit in France whether he had any regrets about the trade war, President Trump replied, “Yeah, for sure,” adding that he has “second thoughts about everything.” (Patrick Semansky/AP)

President Trump has some regrets about his administration’s tariffs on China — that they’re not actually HIGHER.

The White House made the claim Sunday while seeking to clarify Trump’s earlier statement that he’d had second thoughts about the trade war he initiated with China.

Asked Sunday at the Group of Seven summit in France whether he had any regrets about the trade war, Trump replied, “Yeah, for sure,” adding that he has “second thoughts about everything.”

The seeming show of self-doubt, unusual for the president, prompted a flurry of news coverage.

But later in the day, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement that Trump’s statement had been “greatly misinterpreted.”

She said Trump only answered in the affirmative because “he regrets not raising the tariffs higher.”

Stocks tumbled Friday after China announced retaliatory tariffs targeting U.S. goods.

With News Wire Services