Trump will hold his most important meeting with a world leader yet when he welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Friday, after putting Beijing on notice that if it does not do more to rein in its ally North Korea over its nuclear program, the US will take tough action.
“China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t,” Trump said in an interview with the Financial Times published Sunday. “And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone.”
Before his crucial first encounter with Xi, Trump will meet Egypt’s President Abdel Fatteh el-Sisi at the White House on Monday, ending a chill in relations that descended following the Obama administration’s pointed criticism of Sisi’s human rights record.
Trump will also have talks on Wednesday with another key US Middle Eastern ally, King Abdullah II of Jordan, which are likely to focus on the campaign against ISIS that the Trump administration has escalated across the Jordanian border in Syria and Iraq.
Trump’s performance in the trio of meetings will be closely watched — not least because the President’s temperament and blunt political style often seem ill-fitted to the well-grooved formalities of international diplomacy. Other world leaders are still trying to get the measure of Trump and are trying to figure out exactly how his “America First” philosophy will reshape the way the United States applies power abroad.
The President’s low approval ratings and deepening intrigue over alleged links between his campaign and Russia at a…
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