The Leader Trump Respects More Than Any Other Just Amassed More Power

By NTK Staff | 10.16.2017 @4:45pm
The Leader Trump Respects More Than Any Other Just Amassed More Power

Steve Bannon said President Trump respects one world leader above all others. That leader is accumulating more power by the year, and is set to take a big leap this week.

The leader that President Donald Trump respects more than any other in the world, according to Trump’s former chief strategist, is amassing power in a quick and total manner that surprises even long-time observers of world affairs.

In September, Steve Bannon told a closed-door crowd in Hong Kong that Trump respects Chinese President Xi Jinping, a Communist Party leader, more than any other leader on the world stage.

From Bloomberg, emphasis ours:

President Donald Trump respects Chinese President Xi Jinping more than any other foreign leader, his former chief strategist Stephen Bannon said in a speech in Hong Kong in which he also warned that China must cease what he described as economic warfare against the U.S.

“The relationship they have is very strong, and I don’t think there’s a world leader that President Trump respects more than the president of China,” Bannon said.

Xi, though, has the world’s attention this week as he attends a Communist Party Congress in Beijing. There, Reuters reported, Xi is poised to amass more power than any Chinese leader since the infamous Mao Zedong.

At the congress, a twice-a-decade event that opens Wednesday, some of Xi’s most trusted aides look set for promotion to the Standing Committee, such as Li Zhanshu, an advisor who worked as a junior official in Hebei province in the 1980s at the same time as Xi.

In another key break with tradition, Xi looks set to retain a key ally, Wang Qishan, in some capacity despite the anti-corruption tsar passing retirement age.

Xi could also end up being called party chairman, a role that would pave the way for him to stay in office past 2022 when precedent dictates he should step down, leadership sources say.

Reuters also noted that the more members of the congress call Xi “lingxiu,” or leader, the closer party members see him to Mao.

A more powerful Xi will meet with Trump again in November, when the U.S. president visits China for the first time as the leader of the free world.

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