Trump brands Putin and Xi ‘very smart people,’ blasts Biden for China-Canada mix-up
Former President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi ‘very smart people,’ while ridiculing President Joe Biden for mixing up China and Canada during his rally Saturday in Waco, Texas.
On Friday, Biden addressed the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa and said, ‘I applaud China,’ before quickly correcting himself. ‘Excuse me, I applaud Canada. You can tell what I’m thinking about China. I won’t get into that yet.
Biden was applauding the US’s northern neighbor for agreeing to take in 15,000 more migrants annually from Latin American countries.
‘But I watched Joe Biden say, “I’d like to thank China,” and he’s in Canada,’ Trump said at a rally at Waco’s airport, attended by thousands of his MAGA faithful. ‘The whole room starts laughing. “I’d like to go to China,” but he’s in the Canadian parliament. ‘I mean Canada.’ The whole place, the whole place was laughing.
‘They’re laughing at our country. We don’t want anybody to laugh – nobody laughed at our country when I ran it, I can tell you that,’ Trump added.
Former President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi ‘very smart people,’ while ridiculing President Joe Biden for mixing up China and Canada during his rally Saturday in Waco, Texas
Trump called attention to the meeting earlier this week in Moscow between Xi (left) and Putin (right) during his Waco, Texas rally on Saturday. He said Xi was “smart” and at the “top of his game,” while also calling Putin “smart.”
On Friday, Biden (left) addressed the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa and said, ‘I applaud China,’ before quickly correcting himself, as he had meant Canada. Biden is photographed in Ottawa Friday alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right).
Later in his speech, Trump turned his attention to another meeting of world leaders that took place this week, Xi’s trip to Moscow to meet with Putin.
‘If you saw the other day with President Xi, smart, top of his game, President Putin, smart, very smart people, standing there talking about the world order for the next 100 years,’ Trump said.
‘That’s one of the saddest things you can imagine.’
Trump continued to boast that the Ukraine war wouldn’t have happened had he been president, while also saying he could end the conflict within ’24 hours.’
‘I used to talk to Putin, I got along well with Putin, I used to talk to Putin about it. It’s something he certainly had on his mind. I never even talked about it. For four years you didn’t even hear about it,’ Trump said. ‘As soon as I was out, or left, or however you want to describe that catastrophe, they started putting soldiers on the border.’
‘But even then, he didn’t want to do it, he wanted to get a piece – now it looks like he’ll end up, probably, getting the whole thing,’ Trump said.
Trump addresses a crowd in the thousands Saturday in Waco, Texas – marking his first campaign visit to the Lone Star State in the 2024 cycle
Trump boasted that he could end the Ukraine war in ’24 hours’ if he becomes president again.
The former president took ‘Trump Force One’ from Palm Beach to Waco, Texas Saturday for a rally at Waco’s airport
Trump spent the Friday before his big Waco rally on his West Palm Beach golf course
The former president was spotted golfing on Friday as he waits to find out if he’ll be indicted over his role in a hush-money scheme that played out before the 2016 election.
As for how Ukraine would end, he said he’d “get a settlement very quickly.”
‘And I know both people and you can get it very, very quickly,’ Trump said.
Trump launched a 2024 presidential bid back in mid-November, but Saturday marked the first time he did a large airport rally.
It also marked his first appearance in Texas, a Trump-friendly state, this campaign cycle.
Trump has long admired strongmen, attaching positive adjectives to leaders like Putin, Xi and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
Whereas he’s used some of 80-year-old Biden’s gaffes against the Democrat politically, joking at the rally Saturday that the president is ‘cognitively impaired,’ while boasting that he aced a cognitive test given to him by former White House doctor and current Texas Rep. To install Ronnie Jackson.