"The Honda Accord is not a threat to our national security", said Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, hours after joining Trump for a bill signing at the White House.
But on Wednesday, Trump reversed and signaled that he still planned to impose $50 million in tariffs on Chinese imports.
The tariff cuts got here lower than two days earlier than Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is due in Beijing for wide-ranging talks aimed toward addressing American frustrations with China's $375 billion bilateral commerce surplus with america.
They included Under-Secretary of Agriculture Ted McKinney, the US Trade Representative's chief agricultural negotiator, Gregg Doud and Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Alan Turley, according to a US Embassy spokeswoman.
"Every flip-flop and U-turn of a country will be simply depleting and squandering its own credibility", Hua said at a regular briefing. "We will fight back", she said.
But they breathed a sigh of relief earlier this month when the US and China declared a cease-fire after talks in Washington.
Pointing to a pause in the trade dispute, the administration had pointed to China's plans to "significantly increase" its purchases of US goods and services and make "meaningful increases" in USA exports of agriculture and energy products.
Navarro's comments reinforce the growing sense of divide between members of the White House team on how to tackle China. The White House said a list of products would be announced June 15.
Trump has also defended his efforts to have a "good relationship" with Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite the assessment of U.S. intelligence agencies that Moscow meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election.
The surprise change might be meant to give American officials more leverage in their negotiations with China, but it is just as plausible that the move could erect more obstacles to productive talks.
If the two sides fail to reach an agreement and the U.S. moves forward with tariffs, Chinese officials have said they plan to retaliate with tariffs of their own on United States exports such as soybeans.
The chamber urged Beijing to ease limits on foreign ownership and activity in fields including finance, aerospace, retailing and technology.
New investment restrictions would also be implemented with regards to the acquisition of technology deemed industrially significant, with an announcement with more details coming June 30 and implementation taking place soon afterwards.
The talks focus on adding details to China's May 19 promise to narrow its politically volatile surplus in trade in goods with the United States, which reached a record $375.2 billion previous year.
As Chinese companies expand overseas, the United States, Europe and other trading partners are pressing Beijing to ease controls that keep their companies out of industries including banking, insurance, telecoms and health care. China did reduce its unweighted average tariff from 35 percent in 1995 to about 12 percent in 2002, but since then progress has been more halting, and its current average of 10 percent is far higher than the United States' average of 3.5 percent. Financial markets, wary of a calamitous trade war, were relieved. Other countries in addition to the United States have voiced similar frustrations with Chinese practices, and progress along this front is vital to stop the theft of American innovation.
ZTE agreed to remove its management team, hire American compliance officers and pay a fine. The ban, imposed this month, threatened to put ZTE out of business.
Chinese leaders have promised piecemeal trade-related changes including allowing full foreign ownership in their auto industry by 2022.
Lawmakers from both parties warned that hitting imports from allies and friendly nations first could make them more reluctant or less capable of helping with future global initiatives against China.