Trump says he is not thinking about a 'Phase 2' U.S. - China trade deal

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about today's Supreme Court rulings, calling them "part of a political witch hunt and a hoax,” during a roundtable discussion with members of the Hispanic community in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday his not currently thinking about negotiating a “Phase 2” trade deal with China as relations between Washington and Beijing sour over the coronavirus pandemic and other issues.

Trump, asked by reporters aboard Air Force One about the possibility of second phase trade deal following implementation of a Phase 1 agreement this year, said “I don’t think about it now,” adding that he has many other things on his mind.

“The relationship with China has been severely damaged. They could have stopped the plague, they could have stopped it. They didn’t stop it,” Trump said.

Reporting by Steve Holland, writing by David Lawder; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama