National Govt & Politics

Posted: March 30, 2017

Why exactly is Trump hosting China president at Mar-a-Lago?

A three tiered hedge and berm blocks the view of Mar-a-Lago’s lower rooms from South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach, Florida on March 29, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post
A three tiered hedge and berm blocks the view of Mar-a-Lago’s lower rooms from South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach, Florida on March 29, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

By Antonio Fins, Palm Beach Post

White House spokesman Sean Spicer wouldn’t say why President Donald Trump was hosting China President Xi Jinping at his Palm Beach, Florida, compound Mar-a-lago during a news briefing Thursday afternoon.

When asked specifically why the administration had picked the property for the April 6-7 summit, Spicer demurred. He simply said the location was just one of a host of issues agreed to by Trump administration officials and their People’s Republic counterparts, without offering details.

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Spicer said the location, as well as the length of the visit and the timing, were just three issues of numerous items that were the subject of “several weeks” of discussion between the two governments.

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“This is what we arrived at,” Spicer said, referring to the two-day summit.

Spicer said the agenda will include a range of topics mostly focused on trade and security.

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“We have big problems to address on everything from the South China Sea to trade to North Korea,” Spicer added.

Spicer was not asked why the Chinese president Xi Jinping chose to stay at Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa in Manalapan.

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