Earlier this week, President Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping for a series of meetings at his Florida Mar-A-Lago resort.
Reuters paints the overall tone of those meetings as rather airily positive, reporting that Trump and Jinping both spoke to reporters about progress having been made without really providing specifics.
Trump told reporters:
‘We have made tremendous progress in our relationship with China. We will be making additional progress. The relationship developed by President Xi and myself I think is outstanding. And I believe lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away.’
Again, as Reuters notes, neither Trump nor any other members of his team provided specifics as to what exactly any of that means.
Chinese President Ji Xinping told reporters:
‘We have engaged in deeper understanding, and have built a trust. I believe we will keep developing in a stable way to form friendly relations … For the peace and stability of the world, we will also fulfill our historical responsibility.’
Well, Trump took again to Twitter this Saturday morning to address his meetings with the Chinese President, describing them in such terms so as to make observers wonder whether or not Trump really has any idea what on earth he is doing.
‘It was a great honor to have President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China as our guests in the United States. Tremendous goodwill and friendship was formed, but only time will tell on trade.’
…goodwill and friendship was formed, but only time will tell on trade.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2017
“Only time will tell on trade”? What, did Trump think that the world was just going to fall into place according to his liking? Does he know that this president-ing thing is a legitimately difficult job that’s going to take some time and effort on his part?
Trump took this same approach to the meetings going into them, writing on Twitter the other day:
‘The meeting next week with China will be a very difficult one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses. American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives.’
…and job losses. American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
Again, what? Does Trump think that it’s something notable for a meeting with a foreign leader to be “very difficult”?
There’s something desperately pathetic in his rhetoric here.
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