Trump says U.S. has the Option of 'Decoupling' from China, but that contradicts his trade chief.
On Wednesday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told lawmakers that "I don't think [decoupling is] a policy or reasonable policy option at this point." Lighthizer told House lawmakers that the U.S.-China trade deal is on track.
One look at the the above chart shows that Trump proposes reducing a $350 billion deficit with China.
But Trump's claim actually goes beyond that.
US Cross Trade With China
Cross trade with China is close to $600 billion per year.
"Complete decoupling" realistically means no dependence on China, imports or exports.
Even if Trump misspoke, and he really means a trade deficit of zero, not even his trade rep agrees.