Trump’s TikTok order heats up China trade war. Can he still salvage a key relationship?

NBC News THINK, August 7, 2020

Is giving a big, aggressive speech on China now a requirement for the Trump administration’s senior officials?

In the span of about four weeks this summer, four of the administration’s Cabinet officers — the attorney general, the FBI director, the national security adviser, and the secretary of state — each gave a speech condemning Beijing.

The message was supposed to be clear: China is the most serious threat to America’s economic vitality, national security and global leadership. Except the message was not clear. Trump administration officials who did not give speeches seemed to say as much with their silence as those who delivered the speeches.

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