Donald Trump’s decision to hit a Syrian airbase last week has been both applauded as a bold decisive action and criticized for being largely ineffective and pointless. Chinese President Xi Jinping was in the United States at Mar-A-Lago being with Trump at the time, and while he was informed of the airstrike by Trump, state-run media in China waited until Saturday — after President Xi had left the United States — to give his true opinion on the missile strike.
From The New York Times:
Xinhua, the state news agency, on Saturday called the strike the act of a weakened politician who needed to flex his muscles. In an analysis, Xinhua also said Mr. Trump had ordered the strike to distance himself from Syria’s backers in Moscow, to overcome accusations that he was “pro-Russia.”
Xinhua also brought up failed American missions in the past, saying, “It has been a typical tactic of the U.S. to send a strong political message by attacking other countries using advanced warplanes and cruise missiles.”
Doesn’t sound like Trump’s meeting with Xi Jinping went very well!