Wrapping up his extensive tour of Asia, President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed “tremendous amounts of work” on trade and said nations around the globe have been put on notice that the U.S. will demand improved trading conditions. (Nov. 14)
MANILA — President Trump headed home Tuesday after concluding what he called a “tremendously successful” 12-day trip to Asia, but some analysts questioned whether the tour was a public relations show with few concrete achievements.
“I think the fruits of our labor are going to be incredible, whether it’s security of our nations, whether it’s security of the world or whether it’s trade,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as the presidential plane departed Manila on its way to Hawaii and then Washington.
Trump said hundreds of billions in new deals had been reached and he spoke about the “many good friends” he made, but he offered no details on efforts to curtail North Korea’s nuclear weapons development, a major focus of the trip.
Trump promised a “major statement” on the trip later this week at the White House.
Richard Javad Heydarian, a Manila-based political expert, saw little in the way of tangible accomplishments.
He noted that the 11 remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade pact that Trump withdrew the U.S. from, announced Saturday that they would push ahead with their own version of the deal.
Trump “essentially got nothing out of China. South Koreans are still extremely perturbed by Trump’s unpredictable statements. The TPP countries going forward with their own free trade deal was a very clear repudiation of…