Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in Palm Beach, Florida next week to meet with US President Donald Trump’s in his Mar-a-Lago resort, but Xi won’t be staying the night there.
Local police chief Sean Scheller announced on Monday that the Chinese president plans to spent two nights (April 6th and 7th) at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa in Manalapan, according to the Palm Beach Post.
It’s not clear if Xi is avoiding staying at Mar-a-Lago to avoid the strong stench of corruption wafting through the halls, or if he just wants to duck away from taking pictures with Trump’s club members.
In fact, it’s not even really clear that the meeting will happen at all, as nothing yet has been officially announced by the White House or Beijing. As SCMP notes that’s a bit odd. Xi’s 2013 visit to Sunnylands was announced three weeks in advance, while the announcement of his 2015 visit to the White House came seven months beforehand. Experts believe that the delay likely means that the two sides are still negotiating over details.
Palm Beach will be the Chinese president’s only stop in the United States, an US Secret Service spokesperson said, but he’ll be making a trip to Finland beforehand, swinging by Florida on his way home.
Officials first confirmed the highly-anticipated summit earlier this month. Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did everything in his power to avoid even a hint of controversy in the lead up to the meeting while visiting Beijing. While it’s not clear what topics the two leaders will discuss — from North Korea to Taiwan to China “raping” America to wall-building — it’s is sure to be a doozy.
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