The Trump administration is planning to roll out its first concrete measures against China on trade, administration officials have reported, hardening its position toward America’s largest trading partner just as President Trump welcomed President Xi Jinping of China to his seaside club here for their first face-to-face meeting.
Sometime after Mr. Xi leaves the United States, these officials said, Mr. Trump plans to sign an executive order targeting countries that dump steel into the American market, an aggressive measure aimed mainly at China.
It is unclear exactly what the order would do or how harsh it would be, but it would be designed to begin to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to redress China’s huge trade surplus with the United States.
“We have been treated unfairly and have made terrible trade deals with China for many, many years,” he said to reporters on Air Force One. “That’s one of the things we are going to be talking about.”
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