Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Monday that he is “very confident” President Donald Trump will re-engage with China.
Graham, who is one of the Senate’s few hawks on the issue, said that he has heard “no evidence” that the Trump administration is willing to renegotiate the deal with China over human rights or other issues.
“I’m not confident that we’re going to be able to do a deal with Beijing,” Graham told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
“The Chinese are very nice people.
They’re very, very, polite, and they have very little problem dealing with the United States.
They have no problem with the fact that we have the world’s largest economy.
And I’m very confident that he’s going to continue to be respectful of China.”
Graham’s comments come as China’s Foreign Ministry said Monday the United Nations General Assembly is due to convene Tuesday to discuss the human rights situation in China.
The United States is the only country that has been formally recognized by the United Nation as a full member.
The country’s ambassador to the United Kingdom also announced Monday that the U and UK are officially at war.
“The U.N. General Assembly has approved an agreement between the United countries and China for the first time since 1945, and we are on the brink of a historic and historic day,” Hua Chunying, the China foreign ministry spokesperson, told reporters at a press conference in Beijing.
“There are no illusions.
We are very confident.”
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have long claimed sovereignty over all of the British Isles, while China has asserted its claim to the South China Sea and the waters of the East and South China Seas.
Graham said he hopes the United Sates will join the talks with China, as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are also part of the talks.
Graham added that he will “probably be voting for a Trump administration” on Tuesday, but the president must come back to the table and make a deal.
“This is not going to change my vote, but I hope the president comes back to a deal,” Graham said.
“If you’re going in and you’re not going out, it doesn’t matter.
If he can’t come back and do it, I’m not going in.”
Trump has frequently accused China of stealing U.A.E.’s business and has vowed to take a more confrontational approach with Beijing.
He also repeatedly accused Beijing of using “totally unfair and unfair trade practices.”
Graham said Monday he believes Trump has “got to be smart.”
“If the president is going to come back, he’s got to come to the bargaining table and he’s had to come out on the right side of history,” Graham added.
“You know, you don’t negotiate a deal unless you are on both sides.”
Graham also said he believes China will “come up with some kind of a deal” with Trump that will benefit both countries.