Auto execs controlling what they can when it comes to Trump’s trade war with China

As President Donald Trump potentially delays a new trade deal with China until after the 2020 election, the automotive industry isn’t expected to make any knee-jerk reactions.

Since Trump was elected, automakers have had to walk a fine line when it comes to business decisions and how to react to his tweets, unexpected comments and, many times, attacks.

Automakers sold roughly 28 million automobiles in China in 2018, compared with about 17 million in the U.S. — the second-largest auto market.