On Politics: Trump Pivots on Trade War, Again

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President Trump shifted his tone on his trade war with China, again. As the Group of 7 summit ended, Mr. Trump expressed confidence in reaching a trade deal and called President Xi Jinping a “great leader” three days after branding him an “enemy.” He added that Chinese officials had reached out by telephone to restart trade talks. Beijing did not immediately confirm any calls.

The president says Americans must sever commercial dependence on China. He also says he wants powerful economic growth. The trade war threatens to force him to choose.

Mr. Trump spent the weekend in France insisting that he was not having a debate with his fellow world leaders, but at times it seemed like he was having a debate with himself, leaving much of the world with geopolitical whiplash.

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