The White House trade fight burst into the open this week when Axios’ Jonathan Swan reported on a heated argument between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro that broke out during the recent trip to China by the Trump administration’s leading economic officials.
When they look across the table and they see Steve Mnuchin and no Navarro, all they see weakness,” a former administration official told Breitbart News.
“Senior officials who will be participating include NEC Chair Larry Kudlow and trade advisers Peter Navarro and Everett Eissenstat,” a White House official said.
The confrontation between Navarro and Mnuchin was provoked by Mnuchin’s decision to meet privately with Chinese officials in Beijing, locking out the rest of the delegation, including Lighthizer, Ross, Kudlow and Navarro.
“The recent attacks against Navarro are nothing more than a coordinated leak campaign from anti-America First traitors in the administration,” one former administration official told Breitbart News.