Trump, Xi have 'candid,' 'positive' talks in Florida

Donald Trump's war room: the people in the picture after Syria strikes

"He seems to put great score in unpredictability, and that's not such a bad thing in foreign relations if it has some kind of framework around it", said Peter Romero, a top State Department official in the Clinton administration.

"But there's a real commitment that we work together to see if this can not be resolved in a peaceful way".

"Congress has the constitutional obligation to immediately begin debating the use of future military force against Syria", O'Halleran said in a prepared statement.

Speaking to reporters while traveling to Florida, Trump suggested a link between "terrible" trade agreements the USA has made with China and Pyongyang's provocations. In other words, Mr Trump is eager to remind the world that the U.S. will walk the talk.

The official China Daily newspaper said it was encouraging to see the two-day summit that ended on Friday "going as well as it could", after earlier "confusing signals" from Washington about how it was approaching the U.S.

The highly anticipated US-China summit has been upstaged, however, by missile strikes overnight against a Syrian air base from which Trump said a deadly chemical weapon attack had been launched. American business executives took that to mean there had been no deep negotiations on whether China would further open its markets to US companies. Some experts interpreted the strike as a warning to North Korea that the United States is prepared to act militarily to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction.

After the strikes, Trump addressed the nation and said that it is in the "vital national interest" of the prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, called an "appropriate and timely" response to the Syrian attacks.

The fact that the strikes took place as Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping dined on steak and sole fish was no coincidence, Dane Chamorro, senior partner and head of ASEAN at Control Risks, told CNBC on Monday.

Trump says they made "tremendous progress" over dinner Thursday, and he's predicting that even more progress will be made before Xi departs later Friday. "I think that's a very important symbolisation of the growing rapport between the two countries". We will be making additional progress. "I think truly progress has been made", and an "outstanding" relationship had developed between him and Mr. Xi, said Mr. Trump.

Speculation of an imminent nuclear test is brewing as North Korea marks major anniversaries this month, including the 105th birthday of its founding leader, which is usually celebrated with a demonstration of military might. He said he believes the USA and China can continue to develop the relationship, noting that it's the historic responsibility of both countries to work toward peace and stability.

Perhaps mindful of parallels that could be drawn over defiance of global norms, North Korea denounced the USA missile strike on Syria as "intolerable", and reiterated its own right to self-defense. Referring to the administration's characterization of the attack as a "one-off", Ollivant said that Trump was trying to communicate that "this does not fundamentally change the Trump administration's policy toward the Assad regime, which is not to seek regime change and to accept limited cooperation in the anti-ISIS fight".

USA security concerns with China also focus on Beijing's expansive territorial claims in the strategic South China Sea.

A key test of whether the relationship can be salvaged comes next week when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson becomes the first Trump Cabinet member to visit Russian Federation.

His comments come after Trump vowed to "solve North Korea" by himself amid fears the communist state has missiles that can reach the US.

It was unclear if the issue was raised during the talks.