How China’s Media Portrays Trump Is Truly Something to Behold

Chinese newspapers are clowning on President Donald Trump following his recent policy flip-flops concerning U.S. foreign policy in China.

After a recent Wall Street Journal interview in which Trump reversed his campaign rhetoric of calling China a currency manipulator, and in which he deferred to Chinese President Xi Jinping on matters concerning North Korea after a ten-minute conversation, Chinese newspapers roasted him. In one set of headlines originally tweeted by Beijing-based Wall Street Journal reporter Te-Ping Chen, papers said the U.S. President “slaps self in face, again,” and that he was now “eating his words!” The papers also used unflattering images of President Trump for their stories.

The New York Times also found several examples of Chinese newspapers portraying Trump in an unflattering manner following his meeting with President Xi last weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. In one headline, the Chinese People’s Daily used a photo of Trump sitting with a slouched posture on a couch, listening to President Xi as he spoke authoritatively. The theme of the story was that President Xi was the “adult in the room,” according to the Times.

Another newspaper spread praised President Xi for surviving President Trump’s infamous handshake, poking fun at how Trump seems to attempt to capture visiting heads of state in a vice grip. After Xi emerged unscathed, Phoenix Television praised the Chinese president for not allowing himself to be caught in the Trump grip of death.


Screenshot of a Phoenix Television post on Chinese social media site Weibo, courtesy of the New York Times

Knowing how closely President Trump watches how American media reports on his administration, he can’t be pleased with China’s coverage of him, if his aides have shown him how the Eastern superpower perceives him.


Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.