U.S.-China trade talks end for the day with no announcement of a deal

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from The Washington Post,

Trade talks between the U.S. and China have ended for the day Friday with no announcement of an agreement.

“They were constructive discussions between both parties, that’s all we are gonna say. Thank you,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, according to tweets from reporters waiting outside the office of the U.S. trade representative, where the talks were held.

The end to the negotiating round follows a series of tweets from President Trump earlier Friday defending his decision to more than double tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, putting the rest of the world on notice that he will follow through on his protectionist agenda no matter the blowback.

White House officials accused China of reneging on prior details of the talks earlier this week, something Trump’s chief trade negotiator Robert E. Lighthizer told reporters was “unacceptable.” Chinese officials have denied backing away from any commitments.

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