President Trump says maybe US will have a president for life someday

US President Donald Trump waves to reporters as he walks into the East Wing of the White House with First Lady Melania Trump after arriving at the White House on Marine One on March 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Alex Edelman (Photo credit should read ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he thinks it’s great that China’s president now holds that office for life and muses that maybe the U.S. will do the same someday.

President Trump’s remarks were met with laughter and applause during a luncheon for Republican donors Saturday at his South Florida estate. CNN said it obtained a recording of the remarks.

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently consolidated power. President Trump told the gathering: “He’s now president for life. President for life. And he’s great.” President Trump added, “I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday.”

President Trump criticized his Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton, repeated his view about “a rigged system,” and called the Iraq invasion “the single worst decision ever made.” He referred to former President George W. Bush as “another real genius.”