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‘We’ll have to give that a shot’: Trump praises Xi as president for life

US President Donald Trump on Saturday praised his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for becoming the country’s leader “for life”, after the Communist Party announced it would end the two-term limit for the presidency. “He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” Trump said during closed-door remarks to Republican donors in Florida, in audio aired by CNN. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.” The president’s remarks drew applause and laughter from the audience. It is not clear if Trump, 71, was making the comment about extending presidential service in jest. The White House did not respond to a Reuters request for comment late Saturday. SEE ALSO: Philippines: ‘Old and tired’ Duterte wants to cede power by 2020 US Representative Ro Khanna, a Democrat, said on Twitter that “whether this was a joke or not, talking about being President for life like Xi Jinping is the most unAmerican sentiment expressed by an American President. George Washington would roll over in his grave.” US presidents by tradition served a maximum of two four-year terms until President Franklin Roosevelt was elected a record four times starting in 1932. An amendment to the US Constitution approved in 1951 limits presidents to two terms in office. In order to change the current prohibition, it would require initial support of two-thirds of both houses of Congress or support of two-thirds of state legislatures – and then would need to be ratified by three-quarters of the states. ... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, ‘We’ll have to give that a shot’: Trump praises Xi as president for life, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you ‘We’ll have to give that a shot’: Trump praises Xi as president for life

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Sunday, 4 March, 2018

 

 

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