5 Takeaways From Trump’s Trip to Asia


MANILA, Philippines — One koi pond, 5 international locations, 11 days and 66 tweets later, President Donald Trump’s journey to Asia — the longest of any U.S. president since George H.W. Bush — is over.

After extending his travels by a day to attend extra of the East Asia Summit right here, Trump lastly headed residence Tuesday after recapping his journey for reporters, nonetheless beleaguered from the journey they is perhaps.

“Would you like to stop in another couple of countries?” he joked with the press. “‘Cause we can do that if you want.”

It was all nicely value it, Trump stated, promising along with his attribute understatement: “The fruits of our labor are going to be incredible.”

Here are the highest takeaways:

1. Trump stayed on message, principally

Though there was a gradual stream of reports, the same old Trump hearth hose was — comparatively talking — a modulated trickle.

The president repeatedly pounded his speaking factors on the necessity for “responsible nations” to unite towards the North Korea nuclear risk and for “free and fair” commerce that may profit not simply the U.S., however any nation that selected to accomplice with and put money into America.

Nothing is ideal, in fact. Trump did discover himself off message briefly on the leg between Vietnam and the Philippines when he tried to make clear whether or not he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials that the Kremlin interfered within the 2016 election.

And the language Trump used abroad was, nicely, not at all times diplomatic. It’s not on daily basis you hear a president taunt the chief of North Korea as “short and fat.”

Image: Trump pours out the remaining fish food from a container as he feeds carp at a koi pond

President Donald Trump pours out fish meals as he feeds carp at a koi pond with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 6, 2017. At first, Trump adopted Abe’s lead by gently spooning out small quantities of feed however whereas Abe then gracefully slipped the rest of his field into the pond beneath, Trump theatrically dumped the remainder of his provide all the way down to the fish. Abe laughed.