Will U.S. have a President for life ?
Washington: Will United States have President for life? President Donald Trump thinks so. He says that it’s great that China’s President now holds that office for life and muses that maybe the U.S. will do the same someday.
Mr. Trump’s remarks came during a luncheon for Republican donors on Saturday, 3rd March 2018 at his South Florida estate. CNN reported the remarks based on a recording it obtained.
“He's now President for life, President for life. And he's great,” Mr. Trump said, according to audio excerpts of Mr. Trump's remarks at a closed-door fundraiser in Florida 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 someday,” Mr. Trump said to cheers and applause from supporters.
U.S. 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 U.S. Constitution approved in 1951 limits Presidents to two terms in office.
Chinas annual Parliament gathering kicks off on Monday as Mr. Xi presses ahead with efforts to ward off financial risks without undermining the economy. The Communist party announced on Feb. 25 the end of the two-term limit for the President — and the Parliament is expected to ratify the move.
During the remarks, Mr. Trump praised Mr. Xi as “a great gentleman” and added, “He's the most powerful [Chinese] President in a hundred years.” Mr. Trump said Mr. Xi had treated him “tremendously well” during his visit in November.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment late on Saturday.
Mr. Trump has often praised Mr. Xi, but in January Mr. Trump told Reuters the United States was considering a big “fine” as part of a probe into Chinas alleged theft of intellectual property. He has been critical of China's trade policies.
Mr. Trump told The New York Times in December that because of North Korea he had “been soft on China because the only thing more important to me than trade is war.”
Mr. Trump criticised his Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton, repeated his view about “a rigged system,” and called the invasion of Iraq “the single worst decision ever made.” He referred to former President George W. Bush as “another real genius.”