President Donald Trump on Friday said that he is confident that the United States can forge a trade deal with China, but added that he thinks his country would do very well with or without an agreement with the major Asian economy.
Asked if he was still confident that he could get a deal with China: "Sure, I'm confident, but if we don't make a very good deal for our country, I wouldn't make a deal," Trump said.
Asked about a report that China was not positive about a trade deal and that a meeting with President Xi Jinping might not happen: "I haven't heard that. I think we're doing well ... We'll do very well either way, with or without a deal."
Earlier on Friday, White House trade adviser Clete Willemsthe said that the two countries had made progress in talks but that there was still much more left to be done.
Concerns that Trump will accept a bad trade deal with China are "totally inaccurate," Willems said at an event.
China's exports tumbled the most in three years in February while imports fell for a third straight month, pointing to a further slowdown in the economy and stirring talk of a "trade recession", despite a spate of support measures.
were slammed more than 4 percent lower on Friday after the data showed exports
contracting, deepening fears for the world economy and pushing global equities
to three-week troughs.