President Donald Trump is currently in talks with representatives of China to reach a trade agreement that would mitigate the effects of increased tariffs between the two countries.
Though officials seem optimistic about the talks, some were uneasy when Trump imitated Chinese President Xi during a business meeting at the White House.
The president’s remarks came during a speech about claims that a wall at the southern border would have a significant effect on drug trafficking from Mexico into the United States. Trump recalled a meeting with President Xi.
“So you have 1.4 billion people, and you don’t have a drug problem? ‘That’s right, no drug problem.’ I said what do you attribute that to? ‘Death penalty. Quick trial.'”
He then reiterated Xi’s words in what sounded like an attempt to mimic Xi’s voice:
“They have what’s called a ‘Quick trial.'”
Trump mimics President Xi's Chinese accent, then laments that drug-related trials in America "last 19 years." (They don't.)
"At the end of it, the judge dies, everybody dies — the only one living is the one who did the damage," he says.
His audience is in stunned silence. pic.twitter.com/0YDBMCeDcZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 25, 2019
The president’s imitation was met with enough silence to hear a pin drop. Twitter, however, wasn’t keeping quiet.
I'm sure president Xi' will be impressed by his impersonation. 😳
— Then I Thought (@Ithen_thought) February 25, 2019
President Trump just praised China's policy towards drug dealers in a speech to U.S. governors. He summed it up as: "Death penalty. Quick trial."
— John Sinclair Foley (@johnsfoley) February 25, 2019
You can literally hear the audience gasping and murmuring at this insanity.
— Meghan (@meghanchel) February 25, 2019
Stunned by silence? Or that they collectively discovered the world's dumbest person, while simultaneously realising that a hell of a lot of people voted for this jackass and that he has actually managed to breed. #idicocracy
— ObsidianDisorder (@MasterSrgnt78) February 25, 2019
Bring in the guys with the straitjackets. pic.twitter.com/nC5ehU2kPs
— 💙 Beto For VP 💙 (@Texas4Wine) February 25, 2019
Trump went on to brag that it took him “one minute” to convince the Chinese president that criminalizing the sale of Fentanyl to the United States would save “many lives.”