I asked about their summit, given some of the harsh things Trump has said about China.
"I think he wants to help us with North Korea", Trump said of Xi, crediting China in the White House news conference with taking a "big step" by turning back boats of coal that North Korea sells to its northern neighbor. "I felt pretty strongly that [China] had a tremendous power [over] North Korea".
China says it is in full compliance with sanctions enacted under UN Security Council resolutions.
Trump also repeated that trade concessions could be on the table for more cooperation on North Korea.
Their meeting included a priceless interlude where Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner brought their three children to meet China's first couple.
When prodded about whether it was "before or after desert", Trump said, "I will tell you only because you've treated me so good for so long, I have to tell you right?"
So, what could be going on or what would be the real stance of the United States government?
China, meanwhile, was spared being branded a currency manipulator by the Trump administration.
The US missile strike was an exclamation mark establishing that Trump, for the time being at least, has come to see Russian Federation in more conventional US foreign policy terms.
The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, on Monday said the U.S. would not become "the world's policeman", but he said later about Syria's chemical weapons use, "If we see this kind of action again, we hold open the possibility of future action". "Trump fashions himself as the leading man - the protagonist of every story in which he stars", The Post's team wrote, adding that the president "was content to have Bannon as his sidekick, but he did not welcome the competition for top billing".
It is moving closer to developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could threaten the US mainland.
China is seeking Russia's help to cool surging tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the country's foreign minister has told his Moscow counterpart, after Beijing warned of possible conflict over North Korea.
The "realities" that Trump faces include North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's accelerating pursuit of nuclear and missile technology. US spending, too, has tapered off in recent years. "All the problems the previous administration had still remain", she said.
Officials at Treasury, the agency that is responsible for issuing currency reports every six months, confirmed that China won't be named a currency manipulator.
Like House Speaker Paul Ryan has said after the GOP's failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Trump does not have much of an interest in following artificial deadlines.
"I think he fundamentally doesn't understand the nature of the Russia-China relationship", she said, describing it as pragmatic.
Trump also suggested to the Journal that he could still reappoint Janet Yellen to another term as Federal Reserve Chair - something he said before that he wouldn't do.