In closed-door remarks obtained by CNN, President Trump praised China's President Xi Jinping for recently consolidating power and extending his potential tenure, musing he wouldn't mind making such a maneuver himself.
"Xi is a great gentleman, he's now president for life," Trump said to a group of laughing donors on Friday night. "President for life. No he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day."
"He's the most powerful president in 100 years, you know, person... in 100 years in China, and he treated us tremendously well when I went there," Trump was also recorded saying about the Chinese president.