Recently, President Trump completed the longest tour of Asia a United States president has taken in more than 25 years. The tour lasted 13 days and saw him visit South Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The president has returned home claiming the tour was a great success. He claims to have strengthened the country’s relationships in the region, helped build a united front against North Korea, and negotiated trade deals worth billions of dollars. Critics say that, while there was a lot of pomp and circumstance to the president’s visit, nothing really got done. With the differing of opinion between the president and his critics about his tour, it makes one wonder: How successful was the president’s tour of Asia?
People who think the trip was a success feel that a tremendous amount of work was accomplished. They feel that the progress on trade and diplomatic relationships is being ignored by the media. They argue that President Trump, through his good relations with the Chinese president, was able to get the three UCLA basketball players allowed to return home, when they were facing ten years in prison for theft. Finally, they feel China is taking a more active role in dealing with North Korea, thanks to the president and his trip.
Those who feel the president’s trip was unsuccessful feel it was a giant waste of time. They feel that nothing was completed over there except a bunch of fancy ceremonies. Many feel the all the president did was give a few speeches and play some golf while China strengthened their hold on the region. They see this trip as just another Trump foreign policy failure.
Washington Post showing President Trump’s remarks on his last day in Asia:
Was President Trump’s trip to Asia a success? Did he greatly strengthen our relations in Asia? Or was the visit a colossal waste of time and money?
Yes, the Asia trip was a success
People who feel the trip was a success say that the president showed that America was back. They feel that, through his skills as a negotiator, a great deal of progress was made on trade and towards combating North Korea’s nuclear buildup.
"Over a quarter of a trillion dollars in trade deals is nothing. The American people don't care about that." -Politico, 2017
— Derp's Bentley (@98833i) November 15, 2017
Incredible dishonesty by #Politico’s @AndrewRestuccia after an incredibly successful Asia Trip and good trade deals done by @POTUS #Trump. This shows how manipulative @Politico is with their propagation of #FakeNews! #DrainTheSwamp to #MAGA
— Israeli101 (@israeli101) November 15, 2017
Except that China just sent emissaries to North Korea to settle their nuclear program. That kinda matters to Americans.
— Justin (@jcrowder55) November 15, 2017
Politico may want it to seem that little progress was made on Trumps Asian trip in your agenda to destroy him, but in the real world of honesty and integrity we know the trip was a huge success. Journalism is dead.
— George Ousley (@ExcellGeo) November 15, 2017
No, the Asia trip was not a success
Those who feel the trip was a failure say that the president got nothing done. They feel that the leaders of the other countries put on some big ceremonies for him to watch and told him how great he was while strengthening their positions at the expense of the United States.
Trump spent the trip promoting his brand. In the meantime, America is choking on China's dust.
— Eileen (@greque) November 15, 2017
Keeping the norm up! No winning, no progress, not a damn thing that Americans like. Do Nothing POTUS…
— CC Aragon (@Ccaragon57) November 15, 2017
Complete and total waste of time, money and resources!
— Yvette J R (@YvetteRifkin) November 15, 2017
Did we actually expect him to make any type of progress? Has he made any progress at all on anything that actually matters to Americans (not the top 1-2%)?
— Rex (@NotATyrannosaur) November 15, 2017
Was President Trump’s trip to Asia a success?