WASHINGTON • US President Donald Trump appeared to cheer on his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for paving the way to a limitless tenure, while delivering a light-hearted address at a Florida fund-raising event.
"He's now President for life," said 71-year-old Mr Trump, eliciting chuckles from the crowd of Republican donors at the closed-door event at his Mar-a-Lago resort, according to a clip published by news outlet CNN.
"And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great."
He garnered even more laughs when he quipped: "Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day."
Though his comments struck a jocular tone, many on Twitter voiced concern over the prospect of an indefinite Trump presidency.
"Whether this was a joke or not, talking about being president for life like Xi Jinping is the most un-American sentiment expressed by an American president," said Democrat Ro Khanna, a California congressman. "George Washington would roll over in his grave."