It takes a lot for Fox News’ late-night personalities to get critical of the president — host Sean Hannity is so obsequious that President Donald Trump reportedly makes fun of him — but he’s taking heat from host Laura Ingraham, who didn’t love Trump’s tweet about his “unlimited” respect for Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“My respect and friendship with President Xi is unlimited but, as I have told him many times before, this must be a great deal for the United States or it just doesn’t make any sense,” Trump wrote.
The administration is currently locked in the opening stages of a trade war with China over tariffs that the president has imposed on Chinese goods.
But Ingraham didn’t think Trump’s light fawning over Xi was warranted. She asked why he has “‘unlimited respect’ for a president who locks up a million plus dissidents.” Ingraham also noted that Xi “oversees a brutal assault on freedom 24/7.”
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“Unlimited respect” for a president who locks up a million plus dissidents, Muslims and Christians in internment camps? Who oversees a brutal assault on freedom 24/7? Why? https://t.co/ayEwVllugx
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 14, 2019
Freedom House, the nonpartisan government watchdog founded in 1941, currently ranks the freedom of China as an 11 on a scale of 100. The organization notes “China’s authoritarian regime has become increasingly repressive in recent years.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time Trump has expressed admiration for controversial leaders or even outright dictators. Even before he entered the Oval Office, he was praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, once tweeting, “I always knew he was very smart!”
And over the past few years, Trump has moved to fawning over North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. In late 2018, Trump told a crowd at a rally that he and Kim “fell in love” and that the dictator “wrote me beautiful letters.” He sided with the Saudis when the nation murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and that earned a bit of rebuke from Republicans.