Apr 27, 2019

Larry Kudlow: U.S. in position of leverage for upcoming trade talks

Larry Kudlow. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The news that the U.S. economy grew 3.2% the first quarter of this year gives the U.S. some "leverage" in upcoming trade talks with China, National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Friday on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street."

"I'm cautiously optimistic about the deal ... China's economy is slumping and has been for some time."
— Larry Kudlow

Yes, but: Axios' Courtenay Brown reported earlier this month that China's economy grew 6.4% in Q1 on an annual basis, exceeding analysts' 6.3% growth estimate. But, analysts did warn that it's "too early to call a sustainable turnaround," per Reuters.

Driving the news: President Trump on Thursday sparked a flurry of anticipation, the New York Times reported, when he suggested there will be a visit from Xi soon.

  • While Trump kept his comments vague, people familiar with the situation told NYT that the hope is for Trump and Xi to sign an agreement in May or June.
  • And, earlier this month, Trump suggested an "epic" trade deal could be getting closer, per NYT.

What's happening now: Trade negotiations are continuing on April 30 in Beijing, when U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will travel to Beijing, the White House said on Tuesday.

  • Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will continue the trade talks with a delegation in D.C. on May 8.

Go deeper:

  • China's Xi signals approval for Trump's trade war demands (Bloomberg)
  • China and Canada fall away as Mexico becomes the U.S.’ biggest trading partner (SCMP)
  • Why China's stimulus isn't all good (Axios)

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Situational awareness

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  2. Trump misrepresents 2020 Russia briefing as Democratic "misinformation"
  3. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
  4. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone
  5. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.