BIARRITZ, France — President Donald Trump on Sunday acknowledged having second thoughts about escalating a trade war with China, but the White House later reversed, saying the president was misinterpreted and that his only regret in hiking tariffs is that he didn’t raise them higher. Trump faced a tense reception from his counterparts as they gathered in a French beach resort for the Group of Seven summit. He suggested during a breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he harbored qualms about the spiraling conflict. “Yeah. For sure,” he told reporters when asked if he had any second thoughts about ramping up tariffs on China after Beijing imposed new tariffs to retaliate against earlier tariff moves by the U.S. Then hours later, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying the news media had “greatly misinterpreted” Trump’s response. Grisham said the president only responded “in the affirmative – because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher.” White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow offered a different explanation when interviewed Sunday by CBS’ “Face the Nation,” saying Trump “didn’t quite hear the question.” Reporters asked Trump about regret three times in succession. Trump’s admission appeared at first to… Read full this story
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