The White House said Wednesday that top trade adviser Peter Navarro, a staunch anti-China member of President Donald Trump's economic team, will take part in Thursday's meeting between Trump administration officials and Vice Premier Liu He, China's top economic official.
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However, a White House spokesperson told The Hill that Navarro would be attending the meeting, along with chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Everett Eissenstat. Navarro was angry over the direction of the talks and cursed at Mnuchin according to Axios' Jonathan Swan.
Navarro's sidelining also follows accounts that fellow trade hawk Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is seen as losing sway.
Navarro could not be reached for comment.
Navarro has expressed hawkish views on Chinese trade policies in the past, even writing a book titled "Death by China". Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Chinese officials had previously made known their feelings on the author of Death by China, reportedly telling USA officials, "We'll not engage with Navarro".
The news comes after US President Donald Trump asked his twitter followers to "stay tuned" for news on the trade talks, following a suggestion via tweet that he would try to ease penalties slapped on Chinese telecoms firm ZTE.