New Straits Times
Trump praises Xi for paving way to limitless tenure
United States President Donald Trump on Saturday appeared to cheer on Chinese President Xi Jinping for paving the way to a limitless tenure, while delivering a lighthearted address at a Florida fundraising event.
Trump seemed to jokingly muse over making such power consolidation moves himself, according to audio from the closed-door event, published by news outlet CNN.
“He’s now president for life,” Trump said, eliciting chuckles from the crowd of Republican donors. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great.”
He garnered even more laughs when he quipped: “Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”
Though the US leader’s comments struck a jocular tone, many on Twitter voiced concern over the prospect of an indefinite Trump presidency.
“Whether this was a joke or not, talking about being president for life like Xi Jinping is the most un-American sentiment expressed by an American president,” said Democrat Ro Khanna, a California congressman.
“George Washington would roll over in his grave.”