His aides, however, have reportedly suggested that those items be exempt from the tariffs in fear of consumer reaction.
The issue is the biggest looming over Trump´s visit to Argentina, with the two economic giants locked in exchanges of punitive tariffs and Washington effectively threatening to target all remaining Chinese imports, including Apple products made in China.
AdvertisementBut an analyst warns that moving assembly of Apple's handsets to the US would significantly increase their price. Already, the President has shown he's willing to throw a central moment of the global gathering into question, telling The Washington Post on Tuesday that he may scrap his planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over recent Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Despite the "good possibility" that Trump and Xi would make a deal during the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Kudlow said a resolution was contingent of a number of factors, among them a commitment from China to resolve issues of forced technology transfer, tariff and non-tariff barriers, and intellectual property theft. "I can make it 10%, and people could stand that very easily", he said in an interview earlier this week.
China aims to persuade the USA not to impose the larger tariffs, but Trump said it was "highly unlikely" he would back down.
"It is deeply disappointing the president wants to undermine his opportunity to create meaningful progress before the discussions even begin", he wrote.
'In the manufacturing chain, China occupies the low end and middle section, while the United States is on the middle to high end.
The EU and USA suspended potential auto tariffs in a truce announced over the summer, but that deal may not hold much longer, some observers predict.
"China should change its practices and come into the community of responsible trading nations", Kudlow said, stressing that he considers the USA economy in far better shape than China's to weather a prolonged trade war.
Xu told a small group of reporters in Beijing on Tuesday, adding that China accounts for at least half of the market for many US listed companies. "And then the next day he was there at about 7:00 in the morning".
Mr Trump launched a trade war with China this year, which has seen the U.S. hit about half of all Chinese imports into the USA with tariffs.