Trump in Asia reaps un­cer­tain re­sults

The Maui News - - WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­clared his first Asian tour “tremen­dously suc­cess­ful” as he hopped on a plane bound for Washington. But when he landed late Tues­day he ar­rived with few con­crete ac­com­plish­ments in hand.

As he jet­ted across the re­gion, to five na­tions, six cities and three sum­mits over 12 days, Trump pushed re­gional lead­ers to re­shape trade deals to Amer­ica’s lik­ing, but he won no firm com­mit­ments from his hosts. He opened the door to ne­go­ti­a­tions with North Korea, but then seemed to shut it again by de­rid­ing the dic­ta­tor Kim Jong Un as “short and fat.”

He did not try to push lead­ers to end hu­man rights abuses.

Trump has said he’ll have more to say about the trip’s achieve­ments in a “ma­jor state­ment” at the White House this week. The White House would not dis­cuss the de­tails in ad­vance.

The trip did re­veal much about Trump’s trav­el­ing style. He soaked up the pageantry and was well prac­ticed at the art of flat­tery.

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