Trump aides reportedly convinced him to delay Chinese tariffs by arguing they’d ‘ruin Christmas’ – Washington Examiner

Trade advisers to President Trump ostensibly appealed to his softer side, suggesting that he delay planned tariffs on China that could “ruin Christmas.”

The president’s aides reportedly came to him last week with a plea to delay the tariff imposition on China that could hike the price of popular retail products produced in China. They suggested strongly that Trump’s tariffs could affect Christmas. The president responded by delaying the tariffs until Dec. 15.

The announcement that the tariff hike would be delayed came just a short time after Trump espoused his economic success at a New Hampshire rally.

“You have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k), everything is going to be down the tubes,” he said. “Whether you love me or hate me, you’ve got to vote for me.”

Trump has been outspoken in his criticism of China and the imports that come from the communist nation but has supported President Xi Jinping in recent days, expressing hope that trade talks could continue. China, however, threatened to retaliate without mentioning the tariff delay.

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