Trump says China trade deal may be signed shortly after January 15


U.S. President Donald Trump rallies with supporters in Toledo, Ohio, U.S. January 9, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, who announced last month that the Phase 1 trade deal with China would be signed on Jan. 15, said on Thursday the agreement could be signed “shortly thereafter.”

In an interview with the ABC affiliate in Toledo, Ohio, Trump said: “We’re going to be signing on January 15th – I think it will be January 15th, but shortly thereafter, but I think January 15th – a big deal with China.”

Reporting by Eric Beech in Washington; Editing by Makini Brice

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