Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: Tariff delays were not a trade ‘quid pro quo’ with China

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross testifies during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the census on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appeared on CNBC on Wednesday.

U.S. trade officials announced Tuesday that certain items were being excluded from President Donald Trump’s upcoming 10% tariffs on the $300 billion of Chinese imports not already taxed. Other items subject to additional tariffs are being delayed until mid-December, including smartphones, instead of the original Sept. 1 start date.

Chinese officials said on Tuesday that they had a trade call with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. China also said it agreed to another call in two weeks ahead of the scheduled meeting between the countries.

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