Last week’s meeting between the two leaders was ‘a bust from Biden’s perspective’ but ‘a win for Xi,’ the Florida governor said.
Presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that last week’s meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping was “a big win” for Mr. Xi “in terms of the propaganda.”
“You had American business leaders paying $40,000 to be able to sit with him at dinner. [Mr. Xi] got a rousing ovation from a lot of American CEOs,” Mr. DeSantis said in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” on Nov. 19. The Biden–Xi meeting was “already being played in China as an example of China basically being America’s equal on the world stage.”
President Biden, however, got nothing from the meeting with Mr. Xi in San Francisco, Mr. DeSantis said.
“It was a bust from Biden’s perspective,” he said.
Mr. DeSantis agreed with the president that Mr. Xi is a dictator, citing the regime’s human rights abuses in the far-western Xinjiang region, as well as in other parts across China, accusing Mr. Xi of “ruling the country with an iron fist.”
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