Trump touts trade gains in 5-nation Asian swing

Trump vaunts trade progress red carpets on ‘fruitful’ Asia trip

Trump vaunts trade progress, red carpets on 'fruitful' Asia trip

The president addresses the media, world leaders, during Asia trip.

Overall, however, the Asia tour has looked like a missed opportunity for Trump to spell out more detailed and workable formulations of his security and economic policies.

Trump, by contrast, blasted the World Trade Organization and multilateral trade deals during his tour.

President Donald Trump has opened the door to a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear crisis. But he offered no specific remedies, other than a vague willingness to "make bilateral trade agreements with any Indo-Pacific nation". Trump, by contrast, told Duterte in April that he was doing a "great job" in his country. The White House says Trump briefly raised human rights issues with Duterte.

More unnerving is what appears to be the budding relationship between Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who is accused of allowing the extrajudicial murder of thousands of his people in the course of a vicious war on drugs.

What exactly, we don't know - except that it will be a "major statement".

A similar message was received on Trump's first foreign trip overseas when the President did not raise human rights issues in Saudi Arabia.

"Trump's rhetoric is one thing".

Trump will head for the US later Tuesday.

In China, Trump was treated to a rare dinner inside the Forbidden City and enjoyed a military parade he later described as "magnificent".

While Trump has cultivated a close relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, as well as Japan's Shinzo Abe, and has worked to improve relations with South Korea's Moon Jae-in, he has not been able to work on his relationship with Russia's Putin. "And, in fact, not only meet them but what we do is better than anybody else".

Standing next to Australian and Japanese prime ministers in Manila, Trump boasted about the welcome he has received in Asia, likening it to "a red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably ever seen". And that really is a sign of respect - perhaps for me a little bit, but really for our country. He publicly advocated his "America first" policies, warning United States trading partners that he was ready to take more protectionist steps in a bid to help American businesses and workers. He has worked to build personal relationships with each leader, too.

Mr Trump said there would be good news once he returned to the White House tomorrow.

"I don't blame China", Trump said. After all, who can blame a country who can take advantage of another country for the benefit of its own citizens?

On Friday, officials from the other 11 TPP countries announced the completion of a trade pact that excluded the U.S.

Trump repeated his warning that North Korea represents a major threat to peace and stability in the region.

During the trip, Trump has managed to revive questions about Russian election meddling in the 2016 election and has tweeted taunts to North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Trump and Quang also discussed North Korea and the South China Sea.

Trump played along while overseas.

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