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Trump meets in the Oval Office on Sept. 20. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Trade negotiators from China cancelled visits to meet farmers in Montana and Nebraska on Friday, around an hour after President Trump said he was interested in a "big deal," not “a partial deal” with China, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The U.S. trade war with China has reduced U.S. employment by 300,000 jobs, compared with likely employment levels absent the trade war, Moody’s Analytics estimates. The National Foundation for American Policy estimates that tariffs will cost U.S. households $2,000 each by next year.

The state of play: Trump said last week he planned to postpone the latest round of tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports until Oct. 15, "as a gesture of good will." U.S. and Chinese trade officials restarted discussions this week, planning for a high-level meeting around Oct. 10, per Bloomberg.

  • The U.S. imposed a 15% tariff on $112 billion worth of Chinese goods on Sept. 1, to which China responded by resuming 25% tariffs on American cars and adding 5–10% tariffs on $75 billion worth of additional goods.

What they're saying: “We’re looking for a complete deal,” Trump said. “I’m not looking for a partial deal. We’re looking for the big deal. We’ve taken it to this level.”

  • Nicole Rolf, the Montana Farm Bureau Federation’s director of national affairs, told CNBC that "there was no explanation as to why they were cutting their trip short."

Go deeper: Trade between U.S. and China plummets ahead of October negotiations

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WHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron

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Health measures taken to combat COVID-19 before the emergence of Omicron would also help against the new variant of concern, World Health Organization officials said Friday.

What they're saying: Takeshi Kasai, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific, said during a virtual briefing broadcast from Manila, Philippines, that border controls imposed by the U.S. and other nations can "buy time" to deal with the variant, but warned "every country and every community must prepare for new surges in cases."

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Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Nevada's Public Employees' Benefit Program Board voted Thursday to charge workers enrolled in public employee health insurance plans a surcharge of up to $55 a month if they're not vaccinated against COVID-19, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state to announce such a move, per AP.

Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Getty Images

The state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday in an attempt to block the enforcement of its vaccine mandate for federal employees.

Why it matters: The move comes one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) request to exempt the state's National Guard from the mandate.