- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Donald Trump said Tuesday that if China had mistreated him on the airport runway he would have refused to get off the plane and would have left the country.

Speaking at a rally in Virginia Beach, Mr. Trump said foreign leaders have shown disrespect to the president, culminating with China’s greeting of President Obama over the weekend, where the airport didn’t bring out a stairway for Air Force One. Other world leaders arriving for the Group of 20 nations meeting were greeted with a grander welcome.

“I would say thank you very much fellas, that’s OK, close it up, let’s go back to Washington,” Mr. Trump said.

The GOP presidential nominee was doing a rally hosted by retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a supporter of Mr. Trump.

Mr. Flynn tried to prod the billionaire businessman on his policies toward a number of world hot spots, but Mr. Trump demurred. Asked about regime change in Syria, Mr. Trump instead attacked Iran and the nuclear deal Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry reached last year.

“We created this strong power in Iran,” Mr. Trump said. “How Kerry never left that deal was incredible.”

And asked about how to move forward in Libya, Mr. Trump said the U.S. should protect the country’s oil, but then quickly turned to a critique of Mrs. Clinton, saying she botched the handling of the civil war there, and the aftermath.

As for North Korea, Mr. Trump said he would tell China to solve the issue — then blasted Mr. Obama for allowing the country to treat him badly over the weekend.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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