Xi welcomes Trump at a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Trump spoke dismissively of state dinners as a candidate, when he panned President Barack Obama's decision to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping with a 2015 state visit.Last month it was Xi's turn to literally roll out the red carpet. The Chinese leader poured on the pageantry as he welcomed Trump to Beijing on what was billed as a "state visit, plus". Trump also made state visits to South Korea and Vietnam.Trump speaks often about his relationships with many of his foreign counterparts, including Xi. Trump and the Chinese leader met at Trump's Florida estate in April, and Trump treated Xi to a full dinner – not the aforementioned burger – and what Trump described as "the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake".Xi also honored Trump at a state banquet that included video highlights from the Chinese leader's visit to Florida, along with clips from Trump's trip and the screening of a video of Trump's granddaughter, Arabella, singing in Chinese.Earlier this year, Trump was the special guest of President Emmanuel Macron at France's Bastille Day parade. Trump has also accepted an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II for a state visit.
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