“We’re not going to renegotiate,” he said in an interview with Fox Business Network broadcast on Thursday (May 14).
While Chinese purchases of US agricultural goods have recently picked up, the Global Times, a Communist Party publication, reported earlier this month that Beijing was weighing voiding or renegotiating the deal. The publication said that officials in the Chinese government were angered by US criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Trump said on Thursday that while he still suspects the outbreak may be connected to a virology lab in Wuhan, China, he said it was unlikely that the Chinese deliberately unleashed the pathogen. “I think more likely it got out of control,” he said.
The President agreed with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that China is trying to steal intellectual property and beat the US to a coronavirus vaccine.
“We can stop them, they’re going to try doing it,” he said. “I mean, you can stop doing business with them, that’s one thing.” He didn’t elaborate.