At a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron held ahead of Bastille Day, Trump was prompted to call on an American journalist to ask a question. Instead, Trump pointed towards a Chinese reporter who threw him a softball about China, asking Trump what he personally thinks about Xi.Continuing to keep the flames of his bromance alive, Trump responded with gushing praise:”Well, he’s a friend of mine. I have great respect for him. We’ve gotten to know each other very well. A great leader. He’s a very talented man. I think he’s a very good man. He loves China, I can tell you. He loves China. He wants to do what’s right for China.”Commenters online couldn’t help noting that Trump’s words of praise came only hours after the death of Liu Xiaobo, China’s best-known political prisoner, was announced. Despite calls for him to be given the freedom to choose where he wanted to be treated for terminal liver cancer, Liu died in a Shenyang hospital on Thursday evening after spending much of the last decade in prison for calling for democratic reform in China.