>> Made tremendous progress.>> A day after hitting Syria with airstrikes President Donald Trump projecting optimism to wrap up his floor to summit with China's Xi Jinping. An event hotly anticipated, but clearly upstaged.
uise missiles crashing into a Syrian air field right in the middle of dinner, stealing some of Xi's thunder.
Trump, apparently telling Xi about the bombing as the meal concluded. The two leaders trying to make up for the disruption Friday with intense talks covering trade, the South China Sea, and the biggest worry, North Korea. David Brunnstrom is following the talks.>> North Korea was certainly the top security issue on the agenda.
It's concern for both the China and the United States, given its nuclear and missile programs. But the fact that the airstrikes took place while the dinner with president Xi was going on is very interesting. The timing is certainly more coincidental, then planned. However, the fact that Donald Trump was willing to carry out these strikes will have sent something of a message to President Xi about his resolve in dealing with other issues.
>> Secretary of state Rex Tillerson later telling reporters she agreed with Trump that North Korea's nuclear program has reached a serious stage.>> I believe lots of very potentially bad problems, will be going away.>> Trump's upbeat tenor and sharp contrast to the incendiary anti-China campaign rhetoric that helped land him in the White House.
Just last week, he tweeted he thought the Xi meeting would be, quote, very difficult. But no sign of a conflict coming from either leader Friday before Xi headed back to Beijing from Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.