"But at some point, I think that we are doing extremely well with respect to China", Trump said.
But Trump also stressed that some items on the list are "unacceptable" to him as China apparently didn't address some of his major concerns.
However, Trump spoke about the tariffs he has yet to impose on China. "We're convinced China knows where we stand". "If there is a deal to be had with China it's a deal that has to be in America's interests...."
Trump has imposed tariffs on US$250 billion of Chinese imports to force concessions from Beijing on the list of demands that would change the terms of trade between the two countries.
A top White House economic advisor yesterday publicly rebuked a fellow aide over firebrand speech attacking Wall Street's involvement the US-China trade war.
"Until I see Lighthizer ordered into the fray I don't think there will be a trade deal", Scissors said.
"We will continue to fly and sail where ever worldwide law allows and our interests demand". That's good, he said. "All-out cold war coming if China doesn't change course; we won't back down", Pence was quoted as saying.
"High-level contacts between the two sides on economics and trade have resumed" following a November 1 conversation between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump, ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a routine press briefing in Beijing.
Coming amid a downturn in U.S. stocks that has almost erased gains for the year, Trump's comments have led some to speculate that he is trying to influence market sentiment with the positive trade headlines.
China and the United States resumed talks over trade disputes after months of stalemate, the Chinese commerce ministry confirmed Thursday. That could entail China dropping some of its retaliatory measures and the USA agreeing not to go ahead with the planned January increase in tariffs on more than 6,000 product categories. She also cites the explanation of Soren Skou, chief executive of AP Maersk, one of the world's largest shipping companies: "Chinese companies...find it a lot easier to source substitutes for American products than the U.S. does in replacing Chinese imports".
Meanwhile, Commerce Secretary Ross said top Chinese trade negotiator Liu He would arrive in the United States yet again for "some informal talks". He has clashed with other White House and administration officials who wanted to take a softer line on China, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Kudlow's predecessor, Gary Cohn.
The two countries resumed talks after the call between the two leaders, ending a three month hiatus that saw relations deteriorate as the United States accused China of interfering in USA domestic politics and seeking to undermine Trump.
However, the US President isn't expected to make a decision until after he talks to Xi in Argentina.