Donald Trump used a lot of tough talk about the Chinese government during the 2016 presidential campaign, but when he called up President Xi Jinping he went completely limp.
While he wooed his campaign rallies with the claim that China is behind much of what is ailing the American economy – especially based on trade deals and treaties – that aggressive tone died once Trump had the Asian leader on the phone.
According to a readout of the phone call provided to journalists by the Trump transition team, Trump “thanked” President Xi for “well wishes and congratulations after winning a historic election.”
The Trump team also took notice of the “clear sense of mutual respect for one another” expressed by both men in the phone call, concluding by revealing that Trump told Xi the two countries “will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward.”
The rhetoric is a far cry from Trump’s pre-election claims that China is scamming America, and that the country is somehow breaking the law with its trade policies.