February 7, 2019 / 8:02 PM / 4 months ago

Trump confirms he won't meet with China's Xi before March 1 trade deadline

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands after making joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that he did not plan to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a March 1 deadline set by the two countries to achieve a trade deal.

Asked by a reporter whether there would be a meeting before the deadline, Trump said: “No.”

When asked whether there would be a meeting in the next month or so, Trump said: “Not yet. Maybe.”

Reporting by Jeff Mason and Alexandra Alper; Editing by James Dalgleish

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