Donald Trump has accused China of manipulating its currency, stealing American jobs and “raping” America, but what really has Chinese netizens upset is that he has not wished them a happy new year.
Yet again, Trump has broken with long-standing diplomatic protocol by failing to issue a standard Lunar New Year greeting. Last week, world leaders like British Prime Minister Theresa May issued video statements sending their best wishes to all those around the world celebrating the Chinese New Year.
However, President Trump, despite his love for social media, has remained silent about the holiday, infuriating many Chinese web users.
This injustice is made all the worse by the fact that 100 Chinese companies teamed up to wish Trump (and the American people) a happy Chinese New Year via giant billboard on Times Square.
“The problem is that you didn’t write it in English,” one web user joked.
With no word on the holiday from President Trump, other members of his family have been forced to step up. Yesterday, Ivanka Trump posted a video of her daughter Arabella singing in Mandarin to celebrate the Chinese New Year. That video has since gone viral on Chinese social media, adding to the 5-year-old girl’s growing popularity in the Middle Kingdom.
“Trump should take a lesson in manners from his granddaughter,” writes one netizen
“All of his family members are more intelligent than Trump,” commented another Weibo user.
“Arabella for president!” insisted another.
Arabella and her mom also recently visited the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. to take in the Spring Festival festivities and meet with Chinese Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai.
“He should be thankful he has a sensible and beautiful daughter,” writes one Weibo user.
“While Trump may want to appear to be tough on China, his family still wants to do business there,” added another netizen.
“Your father didn’t show up to wish a happy new year, so my country won’t give your daughter a hongbao,” joked another.
Meanwhile, some web users believe that everyone is blowing this whole thing way out of proportion.
“For Christmas, does the Chinese President wish all Americans a merry Christmas?” rhetorically asked one Weibo user.
“Who cares if Trump doesn’t wish us a happy new year? Are you going to stop celebrating because of that?” commented another.
“Whether he wishes a happy new year or not. What does it matter to you?” echoed another netizen.
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