Trump Hails 'Outstanding' Relationship With China, Without Citing Specifics
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 18:00
"I think truly progress has been made", he said, declaring the relationship as "outstanding".
The "targeted military strike" on Syria, which plausibly is an act of war and thus puts Trump in violation of the USA constitution and global law, came upon the heels of an emotional appeal by US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
Earlier in the day, Trump said that "tremendous progress" was made in USA relations with China.
He did not elaborate on the progress or the problems.
"We have made tremendous progress in our relationship with China", Mr. Trump said in brief remarks to reporters brought in for a photo-op of the meeting at the president's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
USA officials said the two sides agreed to increase cooperation on trying to get North Korea's to abandon its nuclear weapons program, and China acknowledged the need for more balanced trade with the U.S.
USA said 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired.
Trump would be wise to address China's more aggressive role in the South China Sea, an worldwide body of water that the country has basically claimed as its own in the last few years.
That non-interventionist approach puts a newer generation of Republicans at odds with the GOP's more traditional hawks, who saluted Trump's strikes on Syria as a strategic operation in response to President Bashar Assad's attack on civilians in Syria.
China has sided with Russian Federation at the United Nations in opposing condemnation of Mr Assad's government but has not become directly involved in the conflict. A much heavier risk would be required to take military action against the nuclear-armed North, which has its artillery and missiles trained on a key USA ally, South Korea.
"Very proud of Arabella and Joseph for their performance in honor of President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan's official visit to the United States". Also in attendance were figures with less important-sounding titles, but potentially more influence over Trump's policy decisions, including chief White House strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Diplomatically isolated North Korea considers Syria a key ally.
Placing nuclear weapons in South Korea will be the first nuclear deployment overseas since the end of the Cold War, NBC noted. The U.S. president has apparently accepted the invitation and would visit the Asian country later this year. He had even questioned why the USA should stick to the "One China" policy of recognizing only Beijing, not Taiwan, when China is not helping with the North Korea problem, though he later promised to respect the policy.
Another curious thing Trump did on the same evening was to leave Xi alone right after state dinner and hold a press conference on the air strike in Syria.
However, Xi apparently got something out of dinner.
When he concluded, Mr. Trump said: "I agree 100 percent".
The White House has downplayed expectations for a breakthrough on issues like trade and tariffs, insisting that the 24-hour summit is mostly an introductory meeting for the two leaders. The Trump administration also has not moved to formally label China a currency manipulator.
"Tremendous...goodwill and friendship was formed, but only time will tell on trade".
According to NBC News, both scenarios were part of a review of North Korea policy prepared ahead of Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week.
He also last week signed a pair of executive orders focused on reducing the USA trade deficit, an apparent shot at China, which accounted for the vast bulk - $347 billion - of last year's $502 billion trade deficit.
Tillerson in a briefing with reporters on Friday stressed the USA commitment to a "denuclearized" Korean peninsula.
McMaster and Mattis presented Trump with three options, which were quickly narrowed to two: bomb multiple airfields or just the Shayrat airfield near the city of Homs, where the military jet carrying the poison gas had taken off, the official said.
The meetings, which were overshadowed by Trump's launch of an airstrike against a Syrian government target during the summit, did not yield any concrete accomplishments beyond pledges of increased cooperation and new frameworks for dialogue. The leaders were scheduled to meet again for lunch on Friday.