Between January and March, the "deficit" stood at US$58 billion, while past year it was a record $375.2 billion.
And Beijing threatened to raise tariffs on goods like soybeans, corn, beef, oranges, and tobacco in the wake of the president's threat of $50 billion levy on their goods. If the U.S. continues to be inconsistent in its words, the talks will return to square one, it said.
It has positioned itself as a defender of the global trade system in the face of Washington's tougher stance under Trump.
Larry Kudlow's remarks came after finance ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries on Saturday expressed outrage over US-imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum and called on Washington to reverse course.
Now, the U.S.is turning to Beijing and to a standoff that has taken some confusing turns.
"It is important that China should directly talk with Lighthizer". "We might like to have a peaceable, pleasant relationship with China".
The White House said last week the new tariffs targeting China's high-tech manufacturing industries will go into effect shortly after June 15.
Mexico also vowed a tax-per-tax in response to the new steel levies but in addition to taxing steel, Mexico will place tariffs on lamps, pork legs and shoulders, sausages and prepared foods, apples, grapes, cranberries, cheeses and other goods.
Beijing has stated that it is one of its core interests and has shown little willingness to make radical changes.More news: New immunotherapy approach brings promises for some cancer patients
Last month, the administration proposed tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports to punish China for forcing US companies to hand over technology in exchange for access to its market.
Hua referred questions about the status of the talks to the Commerce Ministry, which did not immediately respond to requests for information. Mr Trump has also complained about barriers United States firms face in Europe and elsewhere.
Canada plans to impose tariffs of up to 25% on about $13bn worth of U.S. exports from 1 July.
Bruno Le Maire, France's finance and financial system minister, additionally known as the USA tariffs unjustified.
It is part of China's national strategy to reform and open up, as well as increase domestic demand, said the statement, adding that China's attitude is consistent.
"No president has fought the war on poverty better than Donald J. Trump", Mr. Navarro said on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures".
Parker said tariffs would inflict real harm on the United States economy.
"It would increase leverage and undercut the retaliatory risk to American companies", he said.
The U.S. delegation didn't comment after the talks but Ross earler said that the "meetings so far have been friendly and frank, and covered some useful topics about specific export items".
Without naming China the joint statement announced they would push for "stronger rules on industrial subsidies and state-owned enterprises" and criticised forced technology transfers.
As the G7 summit ended, Trump wrote on Twitter: "The United States must, at long last, be treated fairly on Trade".
Mnuchin rejected claims that the U.S. was circumventing worldwide trade rules or abandoning the system of global economic relations it had built after World War II.