- - Friday, November 30, 2018

BUENOS AIRES — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders caused a stir at the G-20 summit here on Friday when she issued a statement that Argentine government officials felt mischaracterized their view of the U.S.-China trade war.

Commenting on a breakfast meeting between President Donald Trump and his Argentine counterpart and summit host Mauricio Macri, Ms. Sanders noted the two had “reiterated their shared commitment” to address “predatory Chinese economic activity,” the Associated Press reported.

But Mr. Macri’s foreign minister, Jorge Faurie, questioned that characterization, telling journalists he did not believe “there has been a reference in those terms.” He nevertheless described the Macri-Trump meeting as “extremely cordial” overall.

Mr. Macri’s government has a clear interest in not antagonizing China. Chinese President Xi Jinping, is expected to announce a major increase in Beijing’s credit line for Argentina’s cash-starved government while attending the summit, and Beijing has also become a major customer of Argentina’s agricultural sector.

Asked about the incident at the G20 summit later in the day, Ms. Sanders told The Washington Times she was not aware of any misunderstanding.

“I just said we brought it up,” she said. “That’s all I said.”


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