Trump says 'we have a great relationship with China' after critical tweet

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the United States had a "great relationship with China" as he stood beside former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, the new US ambassador to Beijing.

"We have a great relationship with China and I really like President Xi," Trump said in a speech at an Iowa community college.

The comment came a day after Trump said Chinese efforts to persuade North Korea to rein in its weapons programs had failed.

The Trump White House holds its first Easter Egg Roll

  • US First Lady Melania Trump waves while listening to the Marine Band during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump, Barron Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump listen to the Marine Band during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump, Barron Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump walk to the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • People listen to the US national anthem during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • Barron Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump and US President Donald Trump arrive for the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • Barron Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump listen as US President Donald Trump speaks during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • Barron Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump and US President Donald Trump listen to the US national anthem during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • Barron Trump waves while standing with US First Lady Melania Trump and US President Donald Trump during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • Barron Trump (L) and US President Donald Trump listen as US First Lady Melania Trump speak during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump walks to an event during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trumpa and US First Lady Melania Trump watch as children race during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US First Lady Melania Trump leaves after reading a book during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US First Lady Melania Trump reads a book during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US First Lady Melania Trump reads a book during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump leaves after helping to write notes to service members during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump leaves after helping to write notes to service members during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump leaves after helping to write notes to service members during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump, Barron Trump(R) and US First Lady Melania Trump join others to write notes to service members during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • Barron Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump join others and write notes to service members during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump, Barron Trump(R) and US First Lady Melania Trump join others to write notes to service members during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump joins others to write notes to service members during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump joins others to write notes to service members during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump, Barron Trump(R) and US First Lady Melania Trump join others to write notes to service members during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump, Barron Trump(R) and US First Lady Melania Trump join others to write notes to service members during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump watches a race during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump blows a whistle to start a race during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • US President Donald Trump blows a whistle to start a race during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions reads a book during the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 17, 2017.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions reads a book during the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 17, 2017.
  • Children participate in an Easter egg roll race during the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 17, 2017.
  • Children participate in an Easter egg roll race during the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 17, 2017.
  • Amy Vitale of Alexandria, Virginia, helps her daughter Auden Vitale, 14 months, participate in an Easter egg roll race during the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 17, 2017.
  • Children participate in an Easter egg roll race during the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 17, 2017.
  • The Easter Bunny greets attendees during the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 17, 2017.
  • The Easter Bunny greets attendees during the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 17, 2017.
  • The Easter Bunny greets attendees during the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 17, 2017.
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