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Trump wonders if U. S. could have president for life

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In closed-door remarks Saturday, President Donald Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent consolidation of power, and wondered if someday the U. S. could have a president for life.
In closed-door remarks Saturday, President Donald Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent consolidation of power, and wondered if someday the U. S. could have a president for life.
CNN reported the comments were made Saturday at a private lunch and fundraiser with Republican donors at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
While the remark was apparently made in jest, it rubbed many the wrong way.
“We have someone in the White House in the Oval Office who clearly has authoritarian tendencies,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said Sunday on MSNBC. In the past, Trump has publicly praised such authoritarian leaders as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan and the Philippines’ Rodrigo Dutarte.

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