President Trump likened the growing U.S. economy to a “fine-tuned machine” and again took aim at China over its unfair trading practices Tuesday night at a dinner with prominent business leaders at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Trump praised the 4.1 percent economic growth last quarter, attributing it to stronger hiring and tax reform under his administration.
“More Americans are now employed than any time in the recorded history of our country … manufacturing and employment are growing at the fastest rate in more than 30 years and it’s going to get even faster,” he said to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and FedEx CEO Fred Smith, among other business leaders in attendance.
Trump said in addition to cutting regulations, he also “signed the biggest tax cut and reform in the history of our country.”
The president also spoke to the rising tensions between the U.S. and China over its trading practices.
“We’re in a little bit of a fight with China right now,” he said. “They have not treated us fairly for many decades which is the president’s fault. I take responsibility for my time and I couldn’t let that happen.”