President Donald Trump objective his swinging through Asia, hailing progress toward his objective of reducing the U.S. trade deficit.
Trump took off from Manila aboard Air Force One on Tuesday, skipping the final session of sessions hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The journey, which included stops in Japan, South Korea, China and Vietnam, brought Trump in linked with dozens of leaders, including the heads of Asia's five biggest economies and a brief encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
” After my tour of Asia, all Countries dealing with us on TRADE know that the rules have changed ,” Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday.” The United States has to be treated fairly and in a reciprocal way. The massive Trade deficits must go down speedily !”
He echoed the phase in a brief interview with reporters aboard Air Force One on the way back to the U.S. Summing up the journey, Trump said “one of the things we really accomplished big” in his Asia stops was ” letting people know that from now on, things are going to be reciprocal .”
” We can't have trade deficits of $30, $40, $50 billion; $300 billion in the case of China ,” Trump added.” We can't do that. We have to have reciprocal trade .”
The president spent the bulk of his public appearances emphasizing the need to reduce trade deficit, and also pushed for Asian nations to buy U.S. military equipment. He publicly advocated his” America first” policies, advising U.S. trading partners that he was ready to take more protectionist steps in a bid to help American businesses and workers.
Trump announced on Twitter that he will be making a” major statement” when he returns to Washington. But while Trump constructed rhetorical waves during his first visit to the region as chairman, the issue of how much he actually attained continue to linger.