Larry Kudlow, the president's economic adviser, said the problem was that China tried to backtrack two weeks ago, but there are "probably really good" chances that Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi will meet at the G20 summit.
USA benchmark 10-year Treasury note yield inched down to 2.441%, partly as a safe haven but also on speculation that the escalating trade war would put more pressure on global growth and thus keep major central banks accommodative.
Trump's accusation that Democrats were soft on China is also a mischaracterization of their position.
And the president has publicly complained about government subsidies that lower Chinese companies' operating costs, along with a sustained effort to devalue the Yuan, tactics that make Chinese products progressively cheaper to buy.
Yet Carl Weinberg, chief worldwide economist at High Frequency Economics, a forecasting firm, pointed out that many goods made in China aren't manufactured elsewhere.
"Well if it's a tariff on goods coming into the country, the Chinese aren't paying", Wallace pointed out.
"It will take some time", Kudlow said. The tariffs will range from 5%-25%.
Kudlow, however, said the economic impact of placing tariffs on all Chinese imports would be to cut economic growth 0.2 percentage points, "a very modest number". He is now vice-chairman of the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges, a think tank linked to the Chinese government.
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Additional penalties would hurt exporters on both sides, as well as European and Asian companies that trade between the United States and China or supply components and raw materials to their manufacturers.
The White House and U.S. Trade Representative's office did not immediately return a request for comment. By doing so, China was dreaming, he said.
"China should not retaliate-will only get worse!" the United States president wrote in a series of tweets on trade.
Shares retreated in Europe and Asia on Monday after talks between the US and China wrapped up without an agreement, as economist said the escalating dispute over trade and technology would likely hurt growth. And officials have targeted American companies operating in China by slowing customs clearance and stepping up regulatory scrutiny.
The president argued there was "no need to rush" into a trade agreement with China, as the US Treasury was benefiting from these "massive payments".
Earlier, China's Foreign Ministry said that the country would never surrender to foreign pressure amid renewed threats from Washington to impose tariffs on all Chinese goods.