Speaking to reporters, Trump characterized the negotiations as moving faster than expected.
“We are looking probably to be ahead of schedule to sign a very big portion of the China deal, and we’ll call it phase one but it’s a very big portion,” the president said. “That would take care of the farmers. It would take care of some of the other things. It will also take care of a lot of the banking needs,” he added. Trump is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Chile next month.
In his comments to reporters, Trump suggested House Democrats’ impeachment probe contributed to his decision to withhold notice to congressional leaders before Saturday’s raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Trump told reporters Monday he didn’t inform the so-called “Gang of Eight” because “Adam Schiff is the biggest leaker in Washington.”
The group includes the top Democrat and Republican in both chambers and the chairs and ranking members of the intelligence committees. Schiff, the Democratic chairing the House intelligence committee, is playing a central role in the impeachment inquiry.