Reuters Exclusive Interview: U.S. President Trump on Huawei, China trade, and the death of Khashoggi
In an exclusive interview with Reuters on Dec. 11, U.S. President Donald Trump described how Huawei’s sanctions violations are part of a “big problem” with companies from China. When asked whether he would intervene in Justice Department’s case against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the president said he would if he “thought it was necessary,” but that he would focus on doing what is good for the country. Trump also commented on the trade war with China, saying that they are “back in the market” for soybeans and that he would set up another meeting with China on trade if it proves necessary.
In the wide-ranging interview, Trump was also asked about whether the Saudi crown prince was complicit in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The U.S. president reiterated that the crown prince “vehemently denies it,” and said that he didn’t want to comment on the topic further. He also cited the “hundreds of billions of dollars” and “hundreds of thousands of jobs” that the U.S. would lose out on without the alliance.