Trump trip to fo­cus on N. Korea

He’ ll visit 5 na­tions in Asia and at­tend two sum­mits in Novem­ber

The Dallas Morning News - - World - Peter Baker, The New York Times

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump plans to travel to Asia in Novem­ber for the long­est over­seas jour­ney of his pres­i­dency to date as he seeks to build a com­mon front against North Korea’s de­vel­op­ment of nu­clear weapons and bal­lis­tic mis­siles, the White House said Fri­day.

Trump will travel to five Asian na­tions Nov. 3-14, in­clud­ing three crit­i­cal to the cri­sis over North Korea — Ja­pan, South Korea and China. He will also stop in the Philip­pines, whose au­thor­i­tar­ian leader, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, Trump has praised for his an­tidrug cam­paign de­spite ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, and in Viet­nam, which is still smart­ing over his de­ci­sion to aban­don a free­trade pact.

“Pres­i­dent Trump will dis­cuss the im­por­tance of a free and open Indo-Pa­cific re­gion to Amer­ica’s pros­per­ity and se­cu­rity,” the ad­min­is­tra­tion said in a state­ment. “He will also em­pha­size the im­por­tance of fair and re­cip­ro­cal eco­nomic ties with Amer­ica’s trade part­ners. The pres­i­dent’s en­gage­ments will strengthen the in­ter­na­tional re­solve to con­front the North Korean threat and en­sure the com­plete, ver­i­fi­able and ir­re­versible de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula.”

Pres­i­dents typ­i­cally travel to the Pa­cific re­gion in the late fall be­cause of two in­ter­na­tional sum­mit meet­ings held by the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion fo­rum and the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions, both of which Trump will at­tend. But the 12-day trip may tax a pres­i­dent who does not par­tic­u­larly rel­ish over­seas travel and who thought a week­long trip ear­lier in the year was too long.

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