Trump projected an air of deference to China that was almost unheard-of for a visiting American president. Far from attacking Xi on trade, Trump saluted him for leading a country that he said had left the United States “so far behind.” He said he could not blame the Chinese for taking advantage of weak American trade policy. Xi, for his part, did not return Mr. Trump’s fulsome personal praise, seeming to treat him like any other American leader.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.