The past week has been an incredibly busy one for President Trump. Not only did he give the orders to release a barrage of missiles in Syria, but he also met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday.
The two leaders kicked off their first summit at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The summit, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, would have “very frank discussions” about North Korea. At the time of planning, the Chinese President wouldn’t have known anything about the attack on Syria.
Tillerson told reporters that the Trump administration was going to urge Chinese delegation to “find ways to exercise influence on North Korea’s actions to dismantle their nuclear weapons and their missile technology program.” Tillerson continued saying, “China can be part of a new strategy to end North Korea’s reckless behavior and ensure security, stability and economic prosperity in the Northeast Asia.”
Trump, along with the first lady Melania, boarded Air Force One after Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan. Each President greeted one another with a handshake, starting what would be two days of bilateral conversations. While aboard Air Force One, Trump told Press he believed the two-day summit would reveal that “China will be stepping up” to deal with Pyongyang.
Trump talked about the issues of trade with China saying:
“We have been treated unfairly and have made terrible trade deals with China for many, many years. That’s one of the things we are going to be talking about.”
Many people question Trump for his various meetings at Mar-a-Lago, but according to White House officials, the location is intended to lesson formality for the duo’s first meeting. The President may not do everything the American people like, but his past business success would make one assume he knows what he’s talking about in these types of meetings.
During the dinner between both Presidents, Trump joked about Xi not making any concessions in the beginning stages of their talks, but he suggested they “have developed a friendship.”
Credit: Washington Post