The Art of the Trumps in China

The Art of the Trumps in China

The Art of the Trumps in China

On his third foreign trip abroad, Donald Trump has largely proved “The Art of the Deal” and he makes it a family affair. Landing in China yesterday, the Chinese even found a tall enough staircase so that President Trump could exit the front door and not the baggage compartment door as former President Barack Obama was forced to do. To be fair, Obama was in Hangzhou Province and not Beijing, so it was probably an oversight.

President Donald and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Beijing China

Donald Trump arrived in China, the third country on this international trip to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Donald Trump is expected to discuss trade issues and North Korea with President Xi. During the campaign of 2016, Donald Trump railed against China and our financial relationship with the Chinese. As ABC News reported:

“I beat the people from China. I win against China. You can win against China if you’re smart. But our people don’t have a clue. We give state dinners to the heads of China. I said why are you doing state dinners for them? They’re ripping us left and right. Just take them to McDonald’s and go back to the negotiating table.”

Yesterday, on the other hand, it wasn’t the fault of the Chinese. No. It was the fault of previous administrations. Courtesy of the BBC:

While still characterising the relationship as “very unfair” and “one-sided”, Trump said on Thursday that China was not at fault, instead blaming previous US administrations.
“I don’t blame China. After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the sake of its citizens?” he said during a signing ceremony for the business deals.
“I give China great credit,” he added.

According to the BBC, Trump and Xi also signed $250 billion in contracts, although some are non-binding. The non-binding part means they are worth diddly squat, technically.

The two First Couples outside the Forbidden City

Melania Trump toured a school with Peng Liyuan, the First Lady of China. Miss Peng is a famous folk singer and member of the People’s Liberation Army. Her “sound” is not my cuppa, since I am not fond of screeching cats. You can follow the link here. The two First Couples attended the Chinese opera at the Forbidden City. In my humble opinion, whatever you think of Donald Trump, he deserves a medal for that.

The two couples capped off Day One with a state dinner at which a video of Donald Trump’s granddaughter was shown. Arabella Kushner sang and recited poetry in Mandarin. I mean, like, don’t all six-year-olds know Mandarin? The evidence:

At least Donald Trump used his real granddaughter, right? Remember when the Chinese hosted the Olympics and swapped in a perfect child to lip sync to the beautiful voice of a less-than-perfect child?

On Friday, President Trump and his more-than-perfect family will fly into Vietnam. In Vietnam, the youngest Trump grandchild of two months will present a Dong Ho painting. Just kidding. Just kidding.

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  • Bucky Barkingham says:

    Re: Obama’s Air Force One short gangway. IMHO not an oversight or due to the locale. The Chinese are very conscious of even the smallest slight. They were sending a message about Obama that all Asians would understand.

  • Sandy Daze says:

    @Bucky Barkingham.

    Just so.

    No oversight;
    it was and intended slight.

  • parker says:

    I agree it was an intentional snub to Obama. They knew he is a lightweight and sent a message the smartest man with a perfect crease in his mom jeans would never figure it out.

  • David R Byler says:

    “screeching cats,” very evocative, had to check it out, couldn’t restrain from clicking that line, “screaching cats,” yes.

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