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"They want to make sure they can get someone on the phone who has direct channels of communication to the president, and they have that with his son-in-law", Jared Kushner.
Protesters gather as the motorcade for President Donald Trump arrives at at the Trump International Golf Club, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Trump, in his signature red tie, warmly welcomed his Chinese counterpart Xi, decked out in contrasting blue, to what the USA leader likes to call the "Winter White House" for a superpower summit in the sun.
"Both the atmosphere and the chemistry between the two leaders was positive, all of us are feeling very good about the results of this summit", said Mr Tillerson.
But in public Mr Xi stuck to his script about the virtues of co-operation while Mr Trump insisted they'd formed an outstanding relationship and made great progress.
The US president had said he meant to raise concerns about China's trade practices and press Xi to do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions during his visit to the Spanish-style Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, though no major deals on either issue are expected.
For Xi, the meeting appeared to exceed low expectations.
Speaking to reporters while traveling to Florida, Trump suggested there was a link between "terrible" trade agreements the US has made with China and Pyongyang's provocations.
Chinese intelligence services have a sophisticated understanding of USA actions, Park said, and would be able to distinguish between Trump's response to an attack against Syrian civilians using the banned nerve agent sarin and what the U.S.leader might do if threatened by some action by North Korea, which has been regularly test-firing ballistic missiles toward Japan.
China has opposed the deployment of the US-supplied High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) in South Korea, arguing it could threaten its security, but South Korea and the United States say it is aimed at countering North Korea's missile threat.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross added that "the most interesting thing to me was they expressed an interest in reducing their net trade balance because of the impact it's having on money supply and inflation".
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA and China "agreed to increase cooperation and work with the worldwide community to convince the DPRK to peacefully resolve the issue and abandon its illicit weapons programs".
Many Republican members of Congress welcomed the more forceful stance against North Korea, but there was disagreement in the Democratic ranks.
Tillerson said Trump and Xi noted the urgency of the threat of North Korea's weapons program and that they reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearization of the divided Korean Peninsula.
Trump promised during the campaign to stop what he called the theft of American jobs by China and to rebuild the country's manufacturing base. President Xi Jinping called on China and the United States to bring the two peoples more benefits as the world's two biggest economies develop ties.
Trump tweeted on Saturday that the meetings had created "tremendous goodwill and friendship" but that "only time will tell on trade".
All three Cabinet secretaries, though, used diplomatic language to describe the trading imbalance between the two countries, avoiding the hard-nosed rhetoric Trump has used for years in railing against the multibillion dollar United States trade deficit with China. He did not elaborate.
Mr Trump and Mr Xi walked around the complex's lavish grounds after their meeting, chatting to each other, before the summit concluded with a working lunch. -China relationship and burnishing his foreign policy credentials than achieving a breakthrough.
Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency, accused Trump of launching the attack both because of his domestic political weakness and as a way to distract from widespread accusations he is a pawn of the Russian government, which is allied with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. "Absolutely nothing", Trump told reporters after his initial meeting with Xi on Thursday night. Just before the two leaders sat down to dine on steak, Trump authorised a major unilateral use of force, with the USA military firing 59 cruise missiles against a Syrian military airfield in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against civilians days earlier.
China's response was muted.
On Friday, China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that China opposed the use of chemical weapons by any party under any circumstances but didn't comment on the US attack.
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