Top White House economist Larry Kudlow said Tuesday that tariffs scheduled to hit Chinese goods on Dec. 15 are "still on the table,"
and that he couldn't confirm a Wall Street Journal report that negotiators were "laying the groundwork" to delay them. Speaking
at the Journal's CEO Council meeting in Washington, Kudlow said there wasn't a "definitive decision" on the tariffs. Earlier Tuesday,
acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told the same conference that prospects for a phase-one deal were "pretty good.
" U.S. stocks SPX, +0.04% momentarily lost some ground following Kudlow's remarks but have since been trading slightly higher
to little-changed in late-morning Tuesday action.