The White House on Tuesday denied President Donald Trump’s contention that he will not allow China to rip off the United States by taxing U.S. companies.
Trump told Fox News on Monday that he would not allow the country to impose a 35 percent tax on foreign investments or impose a 45 percent tax to pay for infrastructure projects.
“I’ll be very aggressive.
We’ll have a very big tax on that,” Trump said.
“And you have to understand, I’m not going to let China rip us off.
I’m going to make sure that we get our infrastructure back, we have our borders, and we have jobs back.”
But a spokesman for the White House Office of the President told Breitbart News on Tuesday that the president has not changed his position.
“We’re not going anywhere on this,” the spokesman said.
When asked about the president’s remarks, a spokesman at the Office of Management and Budget said, “the President is committed to protecting American workers and our workers’ rights.”
“The President’s strong commitment to the free-enterprise system has made him the leader of the free world,” the spokesperson added.
“We will continue to make decisions that benefit Americans and their families and our companies.
We have a strong relationship with the Chinese government and our relationship with China is not going away anytime soon.”
The spokesperson also reiterated the administration’s position that the U.N. General Assembly will meet in September to discuss a proposal for China to address climate change.
The spokesperson did not answer questions about whether the administration plans to impose new taxes on Chinese imports.
“Our approach will be to look at everything, but at the same time, we’ll continue to take actions that benefit American businesses and American workers,” the White Senate spokesman, Mike Allen, said on Monday.
The Trump administration is also set to host a meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on Sept. 16, where the two countries will discuss China’s economic and political reforms.
Allen, however, did not say whether the president would sign the U-turn.