An agency spokesman said Peter Navarro was “systematically lying from start to finish, with no honesty or integrity at all.”
The statements made by Peter Navarro, head of the White House National Council on Trade, regarding the intentions of the United States to terminate a trade deal with China are chatter. This was stated by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian during a briefing on Tuesday.
“As for the words of this politician, they are totally irresponsible chitchat and completely ridiculous. He is systematically lying from start to finish, completely lacking in honesty and decency”, – said a representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
On Monday, Navarro, who is an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, told Fox New that the U.S. leader intends to terminate the agreement with China amid growing confidence on the part of U.S. intelligence that the new coronavirus was allegedly created in the walls of a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Later, the Bloomberg agency circulated Navarro’s statement that his remarks were taken out of context. As Trump’s advisor noted, his words “did not refer to the first phase of the trade deal, which is preserved”.
The ceremony of conclusion of the agreement on the first phase of the trade deal between the two countries took place on January 15 in Washington. Trump and Liu He, Vice Prime Minister of the State Council of China, signed the document. China, in particular, agreed to increase purchases of American products by $76.7 billion during the first year of the agreement and by $123.3 billion during the second year. We are talking not only about agricultural products, but also about other goods. According to Trump, the deal will allow reducing trade deficit.