Trump: 'It's Been a Really Great 12 Days'

He says Asia trip was 'tremendously succesful'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 14, 2017 12:03 AM CST
Trump Says Asia Tour Was 'Tremendously Succesful'
Flanked by National Security Adviser HR McMaster, left, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, President Trump offers a departing statement after participating in the East Asia Summit on Tuesday in Manila in the Philippines.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Trump headed for home Tuesday following an extensive tour of Asia that he said had been "tremendously successful" and had put the world on notice that the "rules have changed" for countries that want to trade with the US. Trump also teased a "major statement" on trade and the trip later this week at the White House, where he's expected to promote congressional Republicans' plan to overhaul the nation's tax code, the AP reports. As Air Force One rolled down the runway in Manila in the Philippines, Trump told reporters traveling with him that "it's been a really great 12 days." And on trade, the president said confidently that US trading partners "will be treating us much differently than before."

"The United States has to be treated fairly and in a reciprocal fashion," he tweeted Tuesday. "The massive TRADE deficits must go down quickly!" Trump pressed that point on every stop of the grueling tour of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, blaming his predecessors for yawning trade imbalances and declaring that the United States will no longer be taken advantage of under his watch. "We've had a tremendously successful trip," Trump told reporters. "Tremendous amounts of work was done on trade." Trump said $300 billion in deals had been reached, a sum he predicted would more than triple in a short period of time. He also spoke warmly of the "many good friends" he had made on the trip, including Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

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