President Donald Trump offered another mixed message Thursday on a trade deal with China, saying he would "consider" an interim deal.

Earlier Thursday, stocks rose on a report that the administration would consider such a move, only to fall after a White House official denied it was under consideration.

However, in response to reporter questions at the White House Thursday afternoon, Trump said "It's something we would consider, I guess."

Trump said his preference would be to get the "whole deal done."

U.S. stock futures moved modestly higher in apparent response. Futures contracts on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.08%. S&P 500 futures rose 0.04%m, and Nasdaq futures added 0.05%.

Trade war tensions have appeared to ease somewhat in recent days, with China moving to import more agricultural goods from the U.S., and Trump delaying an increase in tariffs set for Oct. 1 for two weeks.