Over a dinner of beef tenderloin and lobster tail at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Donald Trump on Tuesday night unleashed a rant about China as corporate executives listened on.
The president entertained a group of 15 CEOs and senior White House staff at a dinner in the middle of his annual working vacation. The dinner was billed as “an opportunity for the president to hear how the economy is doing … and what their priorities and thoughts are for the year ahead.”
But Trump spent a good portion of the meal sharing his own thoughts, specifically about China.
Trump told the executives that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “One Belt One Road Initiative,” China’s economic plan that has the potential to disrupt trade worldwide, was “insulting” and that he didn’t want it, according to a person in the room. Trump said he had told Xi as much to his face.
POLITICO Playbook and get the latest news, every morning — in your inbox.