Trump says had to 'take China on,' regardless of short-term impact on U.S.

 Trump says had to take China on, regardless of short-term impact on U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the current U.S. standoff with China over trade was necessary, adding that China still wants to make a deal.

"Somebody had to take China on,” he said to reporters during a White House visit by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. "Whether it's good or bad short-term is irrelevant.”

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Tom Brown)

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Updated Date: Aug 21, 2019 01:05:40 IST