UPDATED 3:45 PM PT – Tue. Nov. 27, 2018
President Trump gears up for his trip to Argentina for the G20 summit later this week.
During Tuesday’s White House press briefing John Bolton and Larry Kudlow previewed the trip and who the president is slated to meet with.
National Security Adviser Bolton said the president will speak with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and China’s Xi Jinping.
On trade, Economic Adviser Kudlow said the president will be promoting his America first agenda, and a major topic during dinner with his Chinese counterpart will be trade.
“We’re in very good shape. China not so good. I’m not here to critique or second guess the Chinese economy but most observers believe China to be in a slump, whereas the United States is in a very strong, solid position going into this summit. However again, to repeat, the president said there is a good possibility that we can make a deal and he is open to it. But on the other hand, if these conditions I mentioned a few moments ago are not met and not dealt with the president has said, look, he’s perfectly happy to stand on his tariff policies.” -President Trump
Kudlow said China would need to address intellectual property theft issues for progress to be made on trade.