Remarking that “at least 600,000 people have fled their homes following attacks by vigilantes and security forces,” Trump on Tuesday pledged US assist for an finish to the violence and the secure return of refugees, in keeping with ready remarks offered to reporters.
“The United States supports efforts to end the violence, to ensure accountability for atrocities committed, and to facilitate the safe and voluntary return of refugees. We welcome the commitments by the government of Myanmar, and we are ready to support the implementation of the (Rakhine) recommendations,” Trump mentioned in keeping with the remarks, referring to the impartial fee that advisable reforms to cut back tensions and stem the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
The ready remarks have been the one document of Trump having addressed the humanitarian disaster throughout his 12-day journey by Asia. The state of affairs in Myanmar has led to allegations of ethnic cleaning of Rohingya Muslims, who’ve fled Myanmar by the tons of of hundreds amid killings by the nation’s safety forces.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is about to reach Wednesday in Myanmar to push for an finish to the violence.
Trump additionally continued to emphasize the necessity for the “total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” expressed considerations about “China’s efforts to build and militarize outposts in the South China Sea” and mentioned the US is intently monitoring the rising menace ISIS-affiliated teams are posing in Asia.
Trump’s remarks in the course of the closed-door lunch session of the East Asia Summit got here on the ultimate day of his swing by Asia, which he heralded as a hit throughout a gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday throughout his flight again to the US.
Trump mentioned he believed he had “accomplished a lot” on the journey, saying he had “made a lot of great friends” and pointing to discussions with regional leaders on safety and commerce points specifically.
“Very proud of it from a standpoint of security and safety, military — very proud — and trade,” Trump mentioned. “You will see numbers that you won’t believe over the years. Because over a period of years, they will be treating us much differently than they have in the past.”
Trump’s sole remarks on the disaster in Myanmar got here throughout his go to to the Philippines, the place he largely skirted the problem of human rights in his conferences with the nation’s President Rodrigo Duterte, who has sanctioned the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug sellers and customers.
Before leaving Manila, Trump instructed reporters that he “could not have been treated nicer” within the Philippines’ capital and famous that the connection between his predecessor and Duterte “was horrible, to use a nice word.”
“Now we have a very, very strong relationship with the Philippines, which is really important,” Trump defined, “less for trade, in this case, than for military purposes. It is a strategic location — the most strategic location. And, if you look at it, it’s called the most prime piece of real estate from a military standpoint.”
Trump additionally sought to push again on criticism that he had appeared too near Chinese President Xi Jinping throughout his go to to Beijing, arguing that the connection is “important” however that they are not essentially “close.”
“It’s really a relationship based on respect. To me, a relationship based on respect is much more important than anything else, including friendship. Because this is really something — they have to respect our country. And they have not respected our country for a long period of time,” mentioned Trump, who has beforehand touted his friendship with Xi.