United States, China dealing trade negotiations at highest levels: Trump

United States President Donald Trump has said his country and China are dealing the trade negotiations at the highest levels. He also claimed that America's steel industry has come roaring back following the last year's tariff hikes. Speaking to reporters during a Rose Garden news conference, he said, "We have a massive trade negotiation going on with China. President Xi (Jinping) is very much involved; so am I. We're dealing at the highest levels and we're doing very well. He said further: "In the meantime, we've taken in billions and billions of dollars in tariffs from China, and from others. Our steel industry has come roaring back, and that makes me very happy".

"China is paying us tremendous tariffs. We're getting billions and billions of dollars of money pouring into the Treasury of the United States, which, in history, we've never gotten from China. As you know, it's been very unfair," the President added. Stating that he had a fantastic meeting with President Xi and they both like and respect each other, Trump said: "One of the things that came out of that meeting was fentanyl. As you know, almost all of it comes from China. And he's going to now criminalise the making of fentanyl. I think that could have a tremendous -- and I thanked President Xi very much." He said his meeting with Xi in Argentina was supposed to last for about 45 minutes, but it ended up being almost four hours. "It was a great meeting. We'll see what happens. You never know with a deal."