President Barack Obama wonders if President Donald Trump is “wondering” about the emotional trip he’s taken to China.
Obama’s trip to the Communist Party’s state-run media office to meet with Xi Jinping on Saturday was the first since Trump’s inauguration.
The White House is currently weighing whether to schedule an event for later in the year to highlight the President’s outreach to China, the two countries’ neighbors, that Obama did not visit during his first year in office.
“He’s the president of the United States.
What I think the president is wondering is whether there is any interest, if there’s any interest in sharing with the world the importance of this trip and the impact that it’s having on both countries,” Obama said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Obama has long called on China to be more transparent about its policies on human rights, and has long criticized China for its crackdown on dissent.
Trump’s recent visit to the region is the first by a sitting president to China in decades.
The visit, along with Obama’s last one to the country, was met with criticism from Chinese leaders.
Xi, a member of the Communist party, has called the U.S. an “enemy country” for its alleged policies toward China.
During a stop in Vietnam, Xi said China and the United State had an “unbreakable bond.”
The trip was also seen as a test of Trump’s willingness to publicly rebuke China.
Trump has criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the North Korean crisis, calling the U,S. “weak.”