President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday. PHOTO: CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS
Gerald F. Seib, WSJ: Trump and Xi: Tensions Turn to Friendship
President talks of ‘great chemistry’ with China’s president in Journal interview
President Donald Trump was expansive on Wednesday about his relationship with a world leader he has gotten to know since taking office.
“We have a very good relationship,” he said in a Wall Street Journal interview in the Oval Office. “We have a great chemistry together. We like each other. I like him a lot. I think his wife is terrific.”
The leader who came in for those warm words? Chinese President Xi Jinping.
It’s safe to say very few people saw that coming. China was, as much as any country, the target of Trump broadsides during the 2016 presidential campaign—for not playing fair in the world economy, for taking advantage of the U.S., for stealing American business, for intimidating its neighbors.
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WNU Editor: Too early to say where this relationship is heading .... but I am surprised that they are seeing eye to eye on many issues .... at least for now.