Welcome to Washington! Reid Calls Chinese President a Dictator

By Eliza

Jan 19, 2011 10:27am

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports: Well, this should make for a nice conversation starter today at the White House…

In an on-camera interview with Las Vegas journalist Jon Ralston, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dubbed Chinese President Hu Jintao “a dictator.”

“I am going to go back to Washington tomorrow and meet with the President of China. He is a dictator. He can do a lot of things through the form of government they have. Maybe I shouldn’t have said dictator, but they have a different type of government than we have and that is an understatement,” Reid said.

“So we have to work in the system we have – the best system ever devised to rule the affairs of men and women. And one of the way we get things done, in fact the most important way we get things done, is through compromise. It’s not a bad word, and that’s how we get things done and it’s going to become even more apparent now where we have 53 Democrats and 47 Republicans – to get something done we’re going to have to work together.”

Here’s the link to the interview from “Face to Face with Jon Ralston” (on NBC’s MyNews3) with Reid’s “dictator” comments coming 4:15 into the first block. Reid’s comments did not come in response to a question about China, but rather one about the tax cut deal struck in December.

 Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Washington Tuesday for a state dinner with President Obama at the White House.

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