were trading firmly higher Thursday as the negotiations resumed. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He arrived at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office around 9 a.m. Thursday for discussions with USTR Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
The discussions resumed amid reports overnight suggesting the Chinese delegation would leave Washington on Thursday, and that the Trump administration may put in place a previously agreed upon currency
deal with China ahead of schedule, as well as suspend tariff hikes. Trump has consistently said he’ll only make an agreement that’s good for the U.S., and has said he prefers a comprehensive versus partial deal.
Trump, who narrowly lost Minnesota to Hillary Clinton in 2016, is battling Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey over the costs associated with the campaign rally. Frey, a Democrat, has said Trump’s campaign would be on the hook for more than $500,000 in expenses, prompting a lawsuit threat from the campaign.