Farmers have been caught in the crossfire, with China halting its purchases of soybeans and other agricultural products in retaliation for tariffs.
“This one’s self-inflicted by our President, and we defintiely agreed with him at the beginning, but it doesn’t appear that there’s a plan B,” Gary Wertish, the president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, recently told CNN.
Navarro downplayed the dissent from farmers.
“They love President Trump in farm country,” Navarro said. “No one has the backs of those farmers more [than Trump].”
Navarro expressed cautious optimism about trade negotiations between the United States and China.
“We are on a glide path now for a Phase 1 deal,” Navarro said. “As the president has said many times, we’ll either get a great deal or we won’t. We’ll see what happens.”
Navarro stressed that the battle with China is more than just a trade war; it’s about trying to address broader issues, including intellectual property theft, currency manipulation and shipments of fentanyl into the United States.
“Your computers are at risk every day from Chinese government officials hacking into them to steal your information. That’s not about trade,” he said.
The democracy protests in Hong Kong have posed another obstacle in the US-China trade talks.