Trump nearing decision on tough China tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing in on a decision to impose punishing tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese goods as early as Friday.

It's a move that could put his trade policies on a collision course with his push to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

Trump has vowed to fulfill his campaign pledge to clamp down on what he considers unfair Chinese trading practices.

But his calls for about $50 billion in tariffs could complicate his efforts to maintain China's support in his negotiations with North Korea.

If the president presses forward, it could set the stage for more trade actions against China and lead to retaliation from Beijing.

Trump has already slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and European allies.