One of the many talking points used by Donald Trump during his time campaigning for president was his hard-line against china. While Trump talked tough from a distance, he appears to have had a change of heart.

Trump on China

When Donald Trump announced his campaign for president back in the summer of 2015, he made sure to hit a few talking points during his speech. While the most notable remarks focused on immigration reform and labeling illegal immigrants from Mexico as "rapists" and "murderers," it was also his criticism of China that made headlines.

The former host of "The Apprentice" accused China of manipulating their currency in an attempt to drive an increase in their economy at the expense of American jobs. Month by month during the election, Trump vowed to get tough on China, claiming previous leaders were too weak and allowed the rival nation to take advantage of American business and workers. Despite this, Trump's first 10 months in office haven't seen a change in policy, which became a question as the president left the United States last week to take part in a 12-day foreign trip to Asia. As seen on his Twitter account on November 9, Trump shifted course and decided to praise China for taking advantage of the United States and robbing the country of jobs and hurting the economy.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday night, Donald Trump decided to speak highly of China following his stop in the country and meeting President Xi Jinping.

"I don’t blame China, I blame the incompetence of past Admins for allowing China to take advantage of the U.S. on trade leading up to a point where the U.S. is losing $100's of billions," Trump tweeted out. "How can you blame China for taking advantage of people that had no clue?" he continued, before admitting, "I would've done same!"

"My meetings with President Xi Jinping were very productive on both trade and the subject of North Korea," Donald Trump wrote in a follow-up tweet.

"He is a highly respected and powerful representative of his people," Trump stated, while concluding, "It was great being with him and Madame Peng Liyuan!"

Twitter reacts

Within minutes of his praise of China and admitting that he would take advantage of other country's economies, Donald Trump was met with heavy backlash from critics. "Last year, you said China was "rap*ng" us. You never lose an opportunity to bash the United States," one tweet read, while stating, "The US isn't "losing" $100s of billions. That's not how a trade deficit works. But whatever...not like you'd actually use terminology accurately."

"And he admits he takes advantage of people who have no clue," another tweet noted.

"'Taking advantage of people that had no clue,' effectively your entire presidential campaign," one Twitter user added.

"Oh please sweet lil baby Jesus. We can not take any more of the dotard. Praying," yet another tweet read. "You’d take advantage of others just because you could get away with it? Thank you for your honesty and transparency," a tweet noted. The negative reaction continued as Donald Trump continues to be a target of many Americans who are not happy with his administration.