China's Communist Party announced last week that they will remove the presidential two-term limit clause, making way for the country's current president Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely if he wishes. The two-term precedent has been followed since the death of Mao Zedong, the communist leader who controlled China for more than 30 years until 1976.
Donald Trump has reportedly praised the Communist Party's move, implying that maybe the U.S. should follow in China's footsteps.
"He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great," Trump told Republican donors at a closed event reported by CNN in Florida on Saturday. "And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot someday." The President made these remarks at his Mar-a-Lago estate during a fundraiser and lunch.
Trump spoke lightheartedly, and the speech was full of jokes and positivity.
The president denounced a "rigged system," a topic he has been preaching since his 2016 campaign. "I'm telling you, it's a rigged system folks," he explained. "I've been saying that for a long time. It's a rigged system. And we don't have the right people in there yet. We have a lot of great people, but certain things, we don't have the right people."
During this speech, the president also criticized former President George W. Bush for the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Trump said the invasion was "the single worst decision ever made" and equated it to "throwing a big fat brick into a hornet's nest." With heavy sarcasm, Trump continued to joke, "That was Bush. Another real genius. That was Bush. That turned out to be wonderful intelligence. You know? Great intelligence agency there."
CNN obtained a recording of these remarks, which were made behind closed doors.