Mnuchin said the U.S. is in "communications" with China, but he didn't want to comment on the progress of the talks.
"Right now we have initiated a plan. The tariffs will take some period of time to go into effect. There will be public comment, while we're in the period before the tariffs go on. We'll continue to have discussions," he said. "The president wants reciprocal trade."
Mnuchin also noted that President Donald Trump is actively involved on a daily basis in the tariff plans with him and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
Perhaps President Trump is merely putting America in a strong position to be on the winning side of the negotiating table with China.