Donald Trump, the Republican party’s front runner in the Presidential nomination race, has continued his China bashing during an appearance on The O’Reilly Factor, where he continued attacking the Obama administration’s plans to hold a state dinner for Chinese leader Xi Jinping when he visits the U.S. next month.
“I would not be throwing him a dinner. I would get him a McDonald’s hamburger and say we’ve got to get down to work because you can’t continue to devalue,” he said. “We’ll give him a state dinner and what he has done is suck all the jobs, suck all the money right out of our country.”
Later the candidate, popularly known as ‘The Donald”, softened his stance – blaming China’s influence on the world economy as being President Obama’s fault. When asked about ‘trade wars’ between the U.S. and China, Trump praised the IQ of the Chinese leadership.
“Their leaders are intelligent. Ours aren’t. We don’t know what we are doing,” he said.
Trump’s comments are part of his continuing rhetoric about China holding the upper hand over the U.S. in trade matters, and for stealing jobs from U.S. workers.
In the first televised debate between Republican presidential candidates, Trump several times cast China as “the winner” .
“We don’t win anymore. We lose to China. We lose to Mexico both in trade and at the border. We lose to everybody,” he said.
Trump is not the only one angry about Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to the U.S. Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s Republican Governor and Trump’s opponent in the presidential nomination race, has also called for the cancellation of the State dinner for the Chinese leader..
“Why would we be giving one of our highest things a president can do – and that is a state dinner for Xi Jinping, the head of China – at a time when all of these problems are pending out there?” said Walker.”We should say those … honors should only be bestowed upon leaders and countries that are allies and supporters of the United States, not just for China, which is a strategic competitor.”
There has been no reply to either Trump’s or Walker’s comments from Chinese authorities.
As for the state dinner menu – there has yet been no word from the White House, or McDonalds.