We’re going to win either way. We either win by getting a deal or we win by not getting a deal,” Trump said Monday during a visit to a business roundtable in Burnsville, Minnesota.
Senior US and Chinese officials have been holding intense negotiations in Beijing and Washington since December in hopes of reaching an agreement and ending their trade war.
The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports to press demands for an end to policies, including industrial subsidies, that Washington says hurt US manufacturing.
China has responded with imposing $110 billion in tariffs on US goods.
International affairs pundits say the trade tensions between the two countries are a disguise for political and economic supremacy.
Hendrik du Toit, the chief executive of Investec, a major asset management firm, was quoted by CNBC as saying that trade talks between the US and China were not simply about trade, but a new world order.
Former US President Jimmy Carter said Trump had called him and talked about his concerns over China, during his regular Sunday School lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.
He told the congregation that Trump feared China’s growing economic strength and suggested the president was right to be concerned.
The former Democratic president said China is superseding the US because Washington has been at war with other countries for most of its history.
Carter who normalized diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing in 1979 suggested that China’s rapid growth had been facilitated by maintaining peace and government investment.
He said the US has only enjoyed 16 years of peace in its 242-year history, making the country the most warlike nation in the history of the world.
This is, he said, because of Washington’s tendency to force other nations to adopt our American principles.