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Trump Today: Trump calls China deal potentially close and slams impeachment inquiry


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President Donald Trump on Friday called a China trade deal potentially close and said he wanted a Senate impeachment trial.

President Donald Trump told “Fox & Friends” on Friday that there’s a good chance to make a trade deal with China and blasted Democrats’ impeachment proceedings against him after days of public testimony.

CHINA

Responding to a question about President Xi Jinping saying China wants to work toward an interim agreement, Trump called a deal “potentially very close” on the morning Fox television show.

“We have a very good chance to make a deal,” Trump told the hosts during a nearly hour-long phone interview.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, +0.27%,

S&P 500 index

SPX, +0.23%

  and Nasdaq

COMP, +0.19%

  all rose on fresh trade optimism.

Read: Dow futures rise as Xi says China is working toward a trade deal on ‘basis of mutual respect.’

At the same time, Trump said he doubted Speaker Nancy Pelosi would get the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement through the House of Representatives. The president is seeking to ratify the replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement by the end of the year.

IMPEACHMENT

Trump spent much of the call railing against the U.S. Congress’s impeachment process, saying “there was no quid pro quo” in his dealings with Ukraine and that Democrats have “nothing” on him.

Still, he said he’d welcome a trial in the Senate if the House does vote to impeach him.

Trump assailed former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, telling the program that she was “not an angel” and complaining that she did not hang his picture in the U.S. embassy.

Now see: White House talks impeachment-trial strategy with Republican senators.

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