President Trump's candid conversation with a room full of Republican donors has enough controversial material to fill the Trump news cycle for at least a few days. Because, in addition to criticizing George W Bush for impulsively pushing the US into war, the president offered what is so far his only direct commentary on Chinese President Xi Jinping's push to remove term limits from the Chinese constitution.
In the recording, Trump can be heard praising Xi - with whom he has shared a publicly warm but privately antagonistic relationship since taking office - congratulating him on his move to extend his term in power, and musing that maybe, someday, America should try appointing its own "leader for life."
"He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great," Trump said. "And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day."
Of course, it's doubtful that Trump was genuinely expressing his preference for monarchism as a political system. Because as CNN points out, the statement was delivered during a private fundraiser with donors at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. Trump's speech was told "in a light-hearted manner" and was "peppered with jokes" -...