Trump, Lighthizer dispute may result in ‘inadequate’ and ‘weak’ US-China trade deal, expert says



Yen Nee Lee | CNBC

With strains showing up in the relationship between the U.S. President Donald Trump and his Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, one expert has expressed concerns that Trump would settle for an “inadequate” and “weak” deal with China.

The comment by Niall Ferguson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, came after several public disputes between the president and Lighthizer on matters related to the U.S.-China trade war.

Last week, Trump and Lighthizer sparred in front of journalists — and Chinese representatives led by Vice Premier Liu He — over whether “memorandum of understanding” is the right phrase to term the agreement that the U.S. and China are negotiating.

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