President Donald Trump on Friday praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for executing drug dealers during a speech announcing his declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, reports NBC News.
He recounted a conversation with Xi, where he said: “I said, ‘listen, we have tremendous amounts of fentanyl coming into our country, kills tens of thousands of people, I think far more than anybody and I’d love you to declare it a lethal drug and put it on your criminal list.’”
“I said ‘you have 1.4 billion people, what do you mean you have no drug problem?’” Trump said.
He then did an impression of Xi’s accent, saying, “‘Death penalty. We give death penalty to people that sell drugs, end of problem.’”
Trump said the U.S. should adopt the same policy.
“President Xi agreed to put fentanyl on his list of deadly, deadly drugs, and it’s a criminal penalty and the penalty is death,” Trump said. “So that’s frankly one of the things I’m most excited about in our trade deal.”
Here's the moment when President Trump affected a fake "Chinese" accent to imitate China's President Xi Jinping.
"We give death penalty to people that sell drugs," Trump said, imitating Xi. "End of story." pic.twitter.com/GzAPqsNL8u
— queen noor al-sibai (@nooralsibai) February 15, 2019
Many on Twitter said they were troubled by Trump’s attempt to mimic the accent of the Chinese President.
“That fakey Chinese accent was racist [as f*ck],” Dr. Esther Choo, a popular science commentator, tweeted.
That fakey Chinese accent was racist AF
— Esther Choo MD MPH (@choo_ek) February 15, 2019
“Is Trump recommending the death penalty?” another user wrote. “And is he mimicking an Asian accent?”
Is Trump recommending the death penalty? And is he mimicking an Asian accent? #wtf
— Matt Carter (@thematttcarter) February 15, 2019
Wait, did Donald Trump just affect a Chinese accent? He is still the racist jazzman. Pure improv. #RacistJazzman
— Arun Chaudhary (@ArunChaud) February 15, 2019
Yep, Trump just used a Chinese accent while quoting Xi. That just happened.
— Adam Zahn (@ajz510) February 15, 2019
oh fun, he's doing racist accents now behind the presidential seal. this is the republican party.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 15, 2019
Trump just seemed to try and do President Xi's accent.
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) February 15, 2019
Was that meant to be a Chinese accent?
Is Trump recommending the death penalty for drug-related crimes?
So many questions from this presser
— RANsquawk (@RANsquawk) February 15, 2019