President Donald Trump said Friday he is “very happy” to meet the Dalai Lamas wife and daughter and is “ready to make a lot of progress” on his goals to help the persecuted religious minority in China.
In a phone call Friday with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, Trump told her he was “very, very happy” he had met her and that he is looking forward to a “great, great relationship.”
Trump, who has been accused of pandering to China’s Communist Party, said he wants to make progress on a number of issues including “economic issues” that affect both the Chinese and U.S. economies.
He said the Dalai will be welcome to meet Trump anytime he wants.
“She’s a beautiful woman, she’s a very special woman, very special,” Trump said.
“She’s been a great partner for me.
I’ve been very happy to have her in the White House.
I’ll make sure we have a great relationship and she’ll be very, very welcome to me.”
Trump and Lamas daughter, Lobsang, visited the White Hill on Friday morning and spent time with the Lamas family, including the Dalai.
Trump said he spoke with Lamas about his visit to the White Plains and how to handle the Dalai’s arrival.
The Dalai Lama is currently living in exile in India, where he has faced threats of imprisonment, death and forced conversion.
In an interview with CBS News in 2017, Lamas said he “absolutely” would return to India and visit the U.K. to seek asylum.
Lamas is an ethnic Tibetan who calls himself a “non-violent monk.”