'Death by China' Navarro said to be kicked out of trade talks

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has been excluded from talks Thursday with China's top economic envoy aimed at defusing a brewing trade war with the US, two administration officials said.

Navarro was brought on to the Trump campaign in 2016 after Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, came across the economist's book, "Death By China", during an Amazon search. Backing off the ban on sales of components to ZTE was reportedly a prerequisite stipulated by the Chinese for trade talks to even begin. With Navarro excluded, the US will be represented in the meeting by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, among others. Politico wrote earlier this week that Ross had also been largely sidelined in the trade negotiations, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.

China's Vice Premier Liu He will meet with Mnuchin, Lighthizer, Ross and NEC deputy director Everett Eissenstat.

It sounds like, at least for these trade talks, you can take Navarro off that list of people on whom the president is leaning.

The administration officials said Navarro wasn't a team player when the USA sent a delegation led by Mnuchin earlier this month to Beijing to meet with Liu.

However, a White House official told Business Insider that Navarro would participate in the Thursday talks, which it said would be led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The Trump administration slapped $50 billion tariff package targeting China over last month what it says are unfair trade practices, with 25 percent tariffs being leveled on imports of Chinese electronics, shoes, furniture and other goods. Additionally, lawmakers took the Chinese to task for alleged transfers of U.S. intellectual property to Chinese firms.

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