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According to FT, even trade protectionist US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross endorsed the deal and brought it to Trump, but the president rejected the proposal.
And then this from FT:
Mr Ross, a long-time friend of the president, floated the deal again the following week during the two-day meetings with Chinese vice-premier Wang Yang, but Mr Trump once again refused to accept it, according to a US official and another person familiar with the debate.
“The president had by then decided that he wanted to do something much broader,” said the US official, who added that the Chinese proposal for cutting steel overcapacity was significant. “It was fairly sizeable amounts. But the amounts don’t really matter [since] by then the president had decided that he wanted to go in a different direction — more towards tariffs than cutting excess capacity.This is the second leak we are seeing in recent days that Trump wants tariffs. On Sunday, Axios reported Trump's desire for tariffs.
It appears the leaks are coming from anti-tariff people in the Administration, the "White House Democrats." They are better on trade than the Trump nationalists
David Stockman, yesterday, forecast that a trade policy bloodletting was coming---and the leaks signal it has begun. With Jared and Ivanka teamed with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Trump national economic adviser Gary Cohn against the President, this war could reach Shakespearean levels of intrigue,