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Chinese 'chuckle at Trump for messing up picture-perfect America': State media

Key Points
  • State-run Chinese newspaper chides Trump for ending program that gives children of illegal immigrants a path to stay in the country
  • Comments on microblog Weibo show Trump's presidency is a hot topic in China
Chinese 'chuckle at Trump: State media

President Donald Trump received a cheeky editorial from China's state-run press over his decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order — the so-called "Dreamers" program.

The editorial, run in the People's Daily on Thursday, was titled: "Chinese chuckle at Trump for messing up picture-perfect America."

The People's Daily editorial noted "strong and mixed" reactions on Chinese social media such as microblog Weibo.

"In the eyes of some Chinese, Trump has made a big mess in America, and the decision to kill the program is just further evidence that the American Dream is quickly becoming the American Pipe Dream," the Communist Party's official newspaper said.

The program allowed children of immigrants who came to the country illegally a two-year period of protection from deportation and to work in the United States. Business leaders in the U.S. and members of Congress criticized the move to overturn the directive, which was ordered by President Barack Obama.

Trump has challenged Congress to enact a replacement.

Some Chinese support Trump's move, the editorial noted.

"Meanwhile, some Chinese are just enjoying the political thriller. Given all the chaos he creates at home, it is almost like Trump was sent to destroy America from within," the editorial said.

Read the People's Daily English-language editorial about the DACA debate.