and several of its foreign allies over trade tariffs as "a trade discussion," dismissing the notion it has risen to the level of a "trade war. and other countries as more of a "family disagreement. It’s a trade discussion. It’s not a trade war. It’s a trade discussion. Mnuchin commented last month that the Trump administration was “putting the trade war on hold” amid talks with China. “One is that what we’re having with China is a trade dispute, plain and simple. They engage in a whole range of unfair trade practices.