WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters)-United States.

President Donald Trump said he did not chat and did not want to speak to Chinese President Xi Jinping for some time, citing his reservations about China's treatment of a coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview, Trump assured the Fox News Network that China continues to request U.S. merchandise under a U.S.-China trade agreement that had been negotiated in January. "I did not talk to him in a period because I do not want to talk to him."

When questioned if Xi had reached him, the President refused to answer.

(The Chizu Nomiyama editor's article by Andrea Shalal and Doina Chiacu)