Trump says Christmas shopping was factor in tariff decision

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, New York for a fundraising luncheon to benefit his reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee in Southampton, New York, U.S., August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration decided to delay tariffs on some Chinese imports until mid-December to avoid hurting U.S. shoppers heading into the Christmas holiday.

“We’re doing this for the Christmas season” to avoid any adverse impact on U.S. shoppers, Trump told reporters as he prepared to leave New Jersey for an event in Pittsburgh.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; writing by Tim Ahmann; editing by Jonathan Oatis