For Trump, Mar-a-Lago is place to break the ice with China's Xi

For Trump, Mar-a-Lago is place to break the ice with China's XiBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has told visitors that his Mar-a-Lago retreat is set up perfectly for foreign visits, but the Chinese side was initially hesitant when word came that Trump would like to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping there, according to administration officials. “They thought, no, it has to be the White House, the symbolism of that,” a senior administration official told Reuters. It’s unusual because most foreigners realize that being invited to the president’s personal place is a big deal.” Trump and Xi are to hold their first summit encounter beginning on Thursday at Mar-a-Lago, a property that original owner Marjorie Merriweather Post’s estate willed to the U.S. government for use as a diplomatic and presidential retreat after her death in 1973.



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