What an appalling insult to the Chinese!- no doubt noted and will never be forgotten. Trump shows his total lack of breeding, education, intelligence and diplomacy...God help us all!
The Chinese do not act on emotions, this was taken to task. However they do act on facts.
Exactly what I thought. Has he never heard about the Chinese and how they feel about a loss of 'face'. He insulted the leader of a great power and gloried in it. No wonder XI asked for the remark to be translated again - he could hardly believe his ears.
Trump says that he was faced with a dilemma – whether to inform Xi, who “was eating the cake, and was silent” of the attack.
“What does he do, finish his dessert and go home and then they say, you know, the guy you just had dinner with just attacked a country?” Trump mused, and then told his counterpart the news.
“He [Xi] paused for 10 seconds and then he asked the interpreter to please say it again. I didn't think that was a good sign,” said Trump. “And he said to me, anybody that uses gases - you could almost say or anything else - but anybody that was so brutal and uses gases to do that young children and babies, it's OK.”
Trump spoke of a “great feeling” between himself and Xi, who he “really likes being with,” at least officially.
China issued no clear position on the US strike on April 7, merely calling for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis. Xi has avoided commenting.
Trump also bragged about the effectiveness of the strike, which was a response to a chemical attack blamed on government forces two days earlier, saying that “all” of the missiles hit their target, the Shayrat airbase. Syrian media said seven staff and nine civilians were killed in the strike.
“It's so incredible. It's brilliant. It's genius. Our technology, our equipment, is better than anybody by a factor of five. I mean look, we have, in terms of technology, nobody can even come close to competing,” said Trump.
Russia, an ally of Syria, earlier claimed that only 23 Tomahawks struck their targets. Moscow also condemned the assault, arguing that no solid evidence was provided that Syrian forces were indeed responsible for launching the chemical attack, or that one had even taken place.