Pres. Trump optimistic on China trade deal

President Trump speaks out on trade negotiations with China, saying they’re going very well. Speaking at a press briefing Friday, the president said China is paying tremendous tariffs, and as a result, the U.S. is getting billions of dollars. When asked about Apple’s recent stock drop — which affected the overall stock market — and whether it was concerning, he said apple is a great company, but he has to worry about the U.S.

China issues response to being singled out by Acting Defense Secy Shanahan

Chinese officials respond to a shift in policy direction at the defense department, under acting secretary Patrick Shanahan. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang tried to smooth over relations at a press conference Thursday, in response to Shanahan reportedly making efforts to counter Beijing as his top priority. The official touted the “relatively good communication” between the U.S. and China in recent weeks, but warned the country is not afraid to protect itself when necessary.