Trump defends flip-flopping on labeling China a currency manipulator

President Trump defended reserving his position on labeling China a currency manipulator in a tweet early Easter Sunday.

"Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?" asked Trump.

Supporters and detractors of the president have criticized his recent flip-flopping on China. During the 2016 campaign, Trump said on day one of his presidency he'd, "direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator."

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan for dinner at the start of their summit at Trump?s Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
US First Lady Melania Trump awaits the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a dinner accompanied by first ladies Peng Liyuan (2nd-L) and Melania Trump (R) at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and US President Donald Trump (C) await the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and US President Donald Trump (2nd R) welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd L) and his wife Peng Liyuan (L) to the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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But after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week Trump's adversarial tone toward the Asian country appears far more subdued.

"I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.," tweeted the president after spending time with Xi at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump's base in particular has been vocal regarding the president's evolving policy positions -- especially over his recent action in Syria which Trump said in 2013 had "no upside and tremendous downside."

Ann Coulter, vehement Trump backer and author of the book In Trump We Trust, tweeted recently "Trump campaigned on not getting involved in Mideast. Said it always helps our enemies & creates more refugees. Then he saw a picture on TV."

"I'm officially OFF the Trump train," tweeted Infowars writer and YouTuber Paul Joseph Watson after the president took action in Syria.

Minutes after defending his new position on China, the president tweeted, "Happy Easter to everyone!"

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