President Donald Trump threatened to slap $100 billion more in tariffs on Chinese imports because "the president has said enough is enough," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Friday.
"China has to change this illegal and unfair practice that they've been in," Sanders said at the daily briefing. "Frankly, we shouldn't be in this situation.
"Previous administrations should have stepped up and tried to stop these actions long before today.
"But thankfully, we have a president that's willing to stand up, be tough and take some courageous and bold action like President Trump has done," she said.
Beijing warned on Friday it would fight back "at any cost" with new trade measures, hours after President Trump as the U.S. trade representative to consider placing the tariffs on Chinese goods.
China on Wednesday released a list of 106 U.S. goods — including soybeans, whiskey, pork, frozen beef, cars and aircraft — facing tariffs the day after the Trump administration proposed duties on 1,300 Chinese industrial, technology, transport and medical products.
President Trump tweeted again Friday that the dust-up between the world's two largest economies resembled nothing of a trade war, maintaining that such a battle was lost years ago by "the foolish, or incompetent people who represented the U.S."
Sanders acknowledged the downward spiral on Wall Street amid trade-war fears — "We know there could be some fluctuation" — but emphasized that "China created this problem."
"The president is trying to put pressure on them to fix it and take back the terrible actions they've had over the last decades.
"This is something that China has created," she reiterated, "and President Trump is trying to fix it."
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