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Trump says had to 'take China on,' regardless of short-term impact on U.S

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Trump says had to 'take China on,' regardless of short-term impact on U.S
U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters as he meets with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House In Washington, U.S. August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque   -   Copyright  KEVIN LAMARQUE(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the current U.S. standoff with China over trade was necessary, adding that China still wants to make a deal.

“Somebody had to take China on,” he said to reporters during a White House visit by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. “Whether it’s good or bad short-term is irrelevant.”

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Tom Brown)

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