Donald Trump is convinced that China respects his intelligence.
In a press conference on Wednesday, the U.S. president told reporters about hearing China’s respect for his “very, very large brain” from Michael Pillsbury, the director of the Center on Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute.
Trump was responding to a query for details regarding China’s alleged attempts to interfere in the midterm elections on Nov. 6.
“We have evidence. It’ll come out, yeah, I can’t tell you now, but it came — it didn’t come out of nowhere, that I can tell you. Now they’ve actually admitted that they’re going after farmers, I mean, I think most of you can cover that.”
The president then cited China’s respect for his smarts while shifting focus to the escalating trade war between the two countries.
“I like China, and I like President Xi a lot. I think he’s a friend of mine. He may not be a friend of mine anymore but I think he probably respects [me].
“From what I hear, if you look at Mr. Pillsbury, the leading authority on China … he was saying that China has total respect for Donald Trump and for Donald Trump’s very, very large brain.
“He said, Donald Trump, they don’t know what to do.”
Trump announced China’s interference at the United Nations Security Council earlier this week, claiming that Beijing fears his administration’s victory.
“Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration.
“They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade. We are winning on trade. We are winning at every level. We don’t want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election.”
In response, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi denied Trump’s allegations, pointing out Beijing’s longstanding foreign policy of non-interference.
“China has all along followed the principle of non-interference in other countries’ domestic affairs. This is a tradition of Chinese foreign policy,” Wang said. “We do not and will not interfere in any countries’ domestic affairs. We refuse to accept any unwarranted accusations against China, and we call upon other countries to also observe the purposes of the UN charter and not to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs.”
Later on the same day, Trump took to Twitter to back up his claims, showing the Chinese “propaganda ads” that recently appeared on local U.S. newspapers.
“China is actually placing propaganda ads in the Des Moines Register and other papers, made to look like news. That’s because we are beating them on Trade, opening markets, and the farmers will make a fortune when this is over!”
China is actually placing propaganda ads in the Des Moines Register and other papers, made to look like news. That’s because we are beating them on Trade, opening markets, and the farmers will make a fortune when this is over! pic.twitter.com/ppdvTX7oz1
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2018
People had similar, blasting reactions to China respecting Trump’s “very, very large brain.”
I was eating dinner and watching the news. Donald Trump remarked that China respected his very large brain. I almost choked on mashed potatoes. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— LOLLIPOP 🇦🇺 Self Regulating. (@leslieforbes25) September 27, 2018
Ladies and gentlemen, this is president of the United States talking about himself, again: “…China has total respect for Donald Trump and for Donald Trump’s very, very large brain. They don’t know what to do…” – Donald Trump, September 27, 2018
— Yilmaz Husain (@SibrimG) September 27, 2018
Wonder if the expert messed up the translation and China said they “laugh” at Donald Trump’s very, very large brain?
— Historyisimportant.. (@lekhawk) September 27, 2018
Do we actually have a president in 2018 that refers to his very own personal brain as “Donald Trump’s very, very large brain”
This is real life, yes? #MyNormalSizedBrainDoesntUnderstand
— Amber Cates (@BrosiaCates) September 27, 2018
President Trump says China has “total respect” for his “very, very large brain”. We’ve all heard about Trump’s brain and it’s not large. It’s shaped like a mushroom 🍄.
— Jay Sharp (@jayberino) September 27, 2018
“If you look at mr pillsbury, the leading authority on China,…. he was saying China has total respect for Donald trump and Donald trump’s very very large brain. They don’t know what to do. Never happened” -Potus just now
Okay wtf this man has lost it
— Travis Winkler (@wintravis) September 26, 2018
Where is Trump’s very large, good brain? It’s in the corner underneath all of his good words & his best words. Accessing that good brain could be a problem. It hasn’t been used for so long it’s moldy.
— Diedre Kazmer (@KazmerDiedre) September 27, 2018
“He said ‘China has respect for Donald Trump and his very large brain’ ”
Trump’s belief this plays with his base and the likelihood he is right, suggests we have reached the nadir of the later roman empire
— Michael Carlson (@Carlsonsports) September 27, 2018
I’m going to need a bigger bag of weed here folks. I’m at the 26 minute mark where Trump is talking about his very big, very large…brain. #TrumpPressConference
— Emma Evans (@TrancewithMe) September 26, 2018
On behalf of the United States, I sincerely apologize for President Trump’s speech at the UN, and his claim today that he has a “very, very large brain.”
We are working to fix the problem as quickly as possible.
Retweet and like if you agree!
— Travis Allen 🌊 (@TravisAllen02) September 26, 2018
Others questioned his allegation of China’s interference in the upcoming congressional elections and recalled Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential results.
Asked about his claims that China is interfering in US elections, Trump refuses to provide any evidence, sources, or details to back up his assertion in any way.
He’s laying the groundwork to use this to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the midterm elections
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) September 26, 2018
Wait. So trump couldn’t agree with US intelligence agencies saying RUSSIA interfered in our elections but is now blaming China?
— Jerm (@jermskinner) September 26, 2018
Trump accused China of interfering in the 2018 midterms but didn’t call Russia out for interfering in the 2016 presidential elections? I am confusion
— Arturo Rodriguez (@arod897) September 26, 2018
This is why the lying fake @realDonaldTrump was laughted at yesterday. He accuses and warns China of meddling in our elections, when he has not once uttered such a strong response to Russia who is benefiting with Trump’s trade war.
— COUNTDOWN 2 TRICKLEDOWN (@advisingtrump2) September 26, 2018
Donald Trump just accused China of interfering in the upcoming elections. From the same guy whose campaign team literally slept with a Russian agent to help him win the election.
— Patty (@PattyOLimerick) September 26, 2018
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