Donald Trump just did something no other U.S. president has ever done. We’re going to be hearing that a number of times over the next few years. While in China, 45 was given a tour of the ‘forbidden city.’
China’s Xi fetes Trump on first day of Beijing trip
BEIJING (Reuters) – With lavish pageantry and an uncharacteristic personal flourish, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday rolled out a red carpet welcome for U.S President Donald Trump at the Forbidden City, the ancient home of China’s emperors.
While North Korea and trade are set to dominate the formal part of the visit, which ends on Friday, China has been keen to show the importance it puts on Trump’s visit, the first by a foreign leader since the end of a key Communist Party congress last month where Xi cemented his power.
Trump and his wife Melania were whisked from Beijing airport – where they were met by China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi, a key player in the outreach to Trump since he won election a year ago – straight to the Forbidden City.
Chatting over cups of tea, Trump showed Xi a video of his granddaughter Arabella Kushner singing in Mandarin and reciting classical Chinese poetry, prompting Xi to compliment her performance as worthy of an “A+”, Chinese state media said.
In another break from precedent, Xi himself gave the Trumps a tour of the imperial treasures of the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage site cleared of tourists for the day, before the two first couples watched Chinese opera and an acrobatic display.
#WhatILearnedToday unlike Obama President Trump is being treated like a royal during his visit to China.He’s also the first U.S. President to be given a state dinner in the Forbidden City, an elaborate palace in the center of Beijing used for centuries by China's ruling dynasty pic.twitter.com/2tipuJvWuj
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At forbidden city w opera performers pic.twitter.com/BFmOvmYEAH
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Score one for the president? I think so!
H/T: Gateway Pundit