As you may recall, before departing for the G7 Summit, Tariffman retaliated against China by upping the ante on existing tariffs on Chinese imports, and called Chinese premier Xi Jinping his enemy. And there was that other nutty stuff about hereby ordering US companies to leave China.
Yesterday, after other G7 leaders urged Tariffman to end his failed trade war, he claimed Chinese officials called him to restart trade talks.
According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang,
JUST IN: China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says has no info on phone calls to U.S. cited by Trump, adding later “I can tell you clearly that I haven’t heard of such a thing”
* Says China will protect itself on trade if U.S. persists with current approach
— Melissa Cheok (@mkcheok) August 26, 2019
When the press asked Tariffman for clarification following the blanket denial from China, he said, “I don’t want to talk about calls. We have had calls at the highest level, but I don’t want to talk about that. The vice chairman put out a statement last night that was a statement and saying that he wants to make a deal and he wants calm.”
It’s one thing for Prznint Stupid to lie about his wealth, golf games and whatnot, but it is another thing for him to lie about what a foreign adversary said to him.