Trump in Asia reaps uncertain results
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.