After China’s President Xi Jinping’s visit with Trump at Mar-a-Lago this weekend, Trump claimed that the two men made “tremendous progress.”
Xi didn’t think so.
As reported by the New York Times, after Xi was safely out of the United States, Chinese state news agency Xinhau reported that the Chinese President said of Trump’s strike on Syria:
The strike [was] the act of a weakened politician who needed to flex his muscles. In an analysis, Xinhua also said Mr. Trump had ordered the strike to distance himself from Syria’s backers in Moscow, to overcome accusations that he was “pro-Russia.”
Leading into the weekend, the Chinese worried that Xi would encounter an “anti-Trump outburst” typical of the volatile American President. Instead, Xi pulled the “trump card,” disparaging Trump for using a “typical tactic of the U.S. to send a strong political by attacking other countries.”
It seems that Trump’s vehemently anti-Chinese stance during his campaign has come back to haunt him as the United States continues its fall from grace in the eyes of the international community.