WASHINGTON, April 3: US President Donald Trump said he called his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping a “king” during his first state visit to Beijing in 2017 and that the top Communist Party leader appeared to appreciate the remark.
Addressing the National Republican Congressional Committee spring dinner in Washington on Tuesday, Trump said Xi had denied he was a king.
“He said, ‘But I am not king, I am president.’ I said ‘No, you’re president for life, and therefore you’re king’,”
Trump told his audience, prompting laughter, CNN reported.
“He said, huh. He liked that. I get along with him great,” it quoted the US President as saying.
Trump, 72, visited Beijing in November 2017, just months before China’s rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress, dropped the two-term limit on the Chinese presidency in March.
The controversial move cleared the way for Xi, 65, to serve indefinitely as China’s head of state, strengthening his grip on power. (PTI)