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Trump at G-7, Puerto Rico faces a possible hurricane & carnival churches: The Morning Rundown

"They want to make a deal," President Donald Trump expressed optimism about a possible Chinese trade deal.
Image: President Donald Trump meets with other world leaders at a working session during the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019.
President Donald Trump meets with other world leaders at a working session during the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019.Andrew Harnik / AFP - Getty Images

Good morning, NBC News readers.

President Donald Trump changed his tone on China again, saying Beijing wants to negotiate a trade deal at the G-7 summit in France on Monday.

Here's what we're watching today.

Trump says China wants 'to do something very, very badly'

Trump said U.S. and Chinese officials spoke Sunday and he is optimistic China wants to make a deal after the trade war between the two countries escalated in recent days.

"They want to make a deal," Trump told reporters Monday at the G-7 summit. "That’s a great thing."

His comments signaled a change of tone toward Beijing. Trump called Chinese President Xi Jinping a "great leader" on Monday after referring to him as an "enemy" of the United States in a tweet on Friday.

The conversations Sunday between the Chinese and U.S. were the first since each lobbed a new round of tariffs at each other last week — sending the stock market tumbling.

All eyes will be on the financial markets today. U.S. stock futures pointed to a recovery Monday morning with Dow futures jumping more than 100 points.

Trump says Macron sought his approval for Iran minister's G-7 visit

In another diplomatic wrinkle, Trump denied being caught off guard by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's presence at the world leaders' meeting in Biarritz, France.

White House aides said Sunday they were blindsided by the unanticipated visitor, and that some were furious at the French over the move.

But the president said he wasn't surprised by it because French President Emmanuel Macron had sought his approval in advance.

“He asked me,” Trump told reporters Monday. “I don’t consider that disrespectful at all."

Meantime, Trump also said the his Miami resort would be a "great location" for next year's G-7, which the U.S. is set to host.

"We haven’t found anything that’s even close to competing with it," the president said of the Trump National Doral resort.

Tropical Storm Dorian could be a hurricane by the time it reaches Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Dorian is on a path that could send it crashing into Puerto Rico as a hurricane by midweek.

Forecasters stressed that the storm's path could shift markedly, but the forecast projections late Sunday afternoon suggested Dorian would be a Category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches the Caribbean island Wednesday.

The U.S. territory remains in crisis almost two years after Hurricane Maria killed almost 3,000 people in September 2017.

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One fun thing

Can God be found via a carnival ride?

The Church of England hopes so.

“Our hope is that it will bring a very different audience into the cathedral,” said the Very Rev. Jane Hedges, dean of Norwich's Cathedral. She was still a bit flushed and breathless after christening the huge carnival slide in the middle of her ancient church with the first ride earlier this month.

“I mean, look around now, there’s a lot of young people.”

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