In a significant change of tone, President Donald Trump this week reversed his long-standing call to label China a currency manipulator.
Here’s how his comments have evolved over the last six months:
As a candidate before the Nov. 8, 2016, election
“On the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following … direct the Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.”
Dec. 4, 2016
Trump tweets imply that China has devalued its currency to make it harder for U.S. companies to compete.
Jan. 20, 2017
Jan. 23, 2017
Trump withdraws U.S. from Trans-Pacific Partnership as promised in the contract.
Feb. 23, 2017
The Chinese are “grand champions at manipulation of currency,” Trump said in an interview with Reuters.
April 2, 2017
Trump calls the Chinese “champions” in devaluation again in an interview with the Financial Times.
“You know when you talk about, when you talk about currency manipulation, when you talk about devaluations, they are world champions. And our country hasn’t had a clue, they haven’t had a clue. The past administration hasn’t had and many administrations — I don’t want to say only Obama; this has gone on for many years — they haven’t had a clue. But I do.”
April 12, 2017
“They’re not currency manipulators,” Trump says in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.