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Trump returns from Asia tour

Salim Aboufariss, Writer

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump XXXXXXXXX during a tour of the forbidden city, Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in Beijing, China. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Over the past two weeks, President Donald Trump has been overseas, doing a five country Asian tour. After meeting with the leaders of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, Trump returned this November 14.
According to CNN, the purpose of the President’s visits have been to build closer ties with the Asian nations. In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flattered Trump with golf, steak and custom hats that said “Donald & Shinzo, make alliance even greater.”
In China, a heavily criticized country during Trump’s presidential campaign, in which he accused them of “raping” the United States – he was received with open arms. He received endless praise as well as a military parade that he described as “magnificent.”
Though nowhere at the same level of Japan and China, Vietnam did try its hands at flattery. The Vietnamese fed Trump shark fin soup, a controversial meal, because of the brutal way that it is acquired. It is also a well known Vietnam delicacy.
In South Korea, Trump was greeted by a rather diversive crowd. With half the crowd protesting his landing and the rest chanting his name, Trump described South Korean leader Moon Jae as “a fine gentlemen.”
In the Philippines, Trump was heavily criticized over failing to bring up Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s human rights violations. The Philippines has long faced drug problems and a contentious argument on how to solve it. Duterte’s solution, however,  was to kill all drug dealers, as well as to urge the public to kill drug addicts. He has previously stated that he is “happy to slaughter” million of addicts and considers children “collateral damage.”
Altogether, Trump managed to end the trip on good terms with very little controversy. Though the trip can be categorized as a success, it can be attributed to his policy on North Korea as well as the geographic locations of the five countries in contrast to North Korea.
The President has previously shown his lack of hesitation to attack North Korea. In September, Trump ordered the presence of multiple U.S. bombers near the North Korean border as a show of strength.  Of course, this came only after calling North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-Un, a “rocket man” in Trump’s first UN address.
All in all, Trump will not be seeing much of Asia for a while. With the President’s next visit some time in 2018 to Singapore, Trump will now have to focus on the present as he will soon face adversaries in the states over his ties with Russia

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Trump returns from Asia tour