Trump to at­tend three Asia sum­mits in fall

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dave Boyer

Pres­i­dent Trump will at­tend three sum­mits in Asia in Novem­ber, Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence an­nounced Thurs­day while vis­it­ing the head­quar­ters of As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions in Jakarta, In­done­sia.

Mr. Pence said the pres­i­dent will at­tend the U.S.-ASEAN sum­mit and the East Asia sum­mit in the Philip­pines, as well as the Asia Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion sum­mit in Viet­nam.

“It’s a sign, I hope, to all, of our firm and un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to build on the strong foun­da­tions that we al­ready share,” Mr. Pence said. “Our re­la­tion­ship with­out a doubt, has ben­e­fited both ASEAN and Amer­ica, diplo­mat­i­cally, eco­nom­i­cally and from the stand­point of na­tional se­cu­rity.”

Then-Pres­i­dent Barack Obama hosted the first ASEAN sum­mit held in the U.S. in 2016 in Cal­i­for­nia, and tried to raise the profile of the sum­mits as part of his for­eign-pol­icy “pivot” to Asia.

A shoe­less Mr. Pence vis­ited the largest mosque in In­done­sia, the world’s most pop­u­lous Mus­lim na­tion, with wife Karen and their daugh­ters, Au­drey and Char­lotte. The women were also shoe­less and veiled, in ac­cor­dance with Is­lamic cus­tom.

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