Trump moves to pressure China on trade practices

President Trump will sign an executive memorandum on Monday authorizing the U.S. trade representative to determine whether to investigate China’s intellectual property and trade practices, according to senior administration officials.

While administration officials said Saturday that it’s too early to discuss specific actions against China, such an investigation could eventually pave the way for Trump to impose tariffs on Chinese goods.

Trump is expected to return to Washington from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. on Monday to sign the memo.

CNN reported earlier Saturday that Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the upcoming memo during a phone call Friday.

Administration officials, however, said…