President Donald Trip will embark on a marathon trip to Asia spanning five countries, plus a stopover in Hawaii, next month.
The White House confirmed the president’s schedule on Friday morning. Trump will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hawaii, a release said.
Trump’s trip will last 12 days, making it his longest foray abroad yet since taking office. First Lady Melania Trump will accompany him.
The nuclear stand-off with North Korea has united the U.S. and China despite far-reaching disagreements over trade.
A White House release on the five-nation diplomacy tour stressed that Trump would bring both topics up when he meets with Xi Jinping and other foreign leaders next month.
T he nuclear stand-off with North Korea has united the U.S. and China despite far-reaching disagreements over trade.A White House release on the five-nation diplomacy tour stressed that President Trump would bring both topics up when he meets with Xi Jinping and other foreign leaders next month
Trump’s trip will last 12 days, making it his longest foray abroad yet since taking office
Trump is seen holding talks with Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, last week in New York. They’ll meet again next month in Japan
Trump was already known to be visiting the Philippines and Vietnam for November conferences.
Vice President Mike Pence told reporters in April that Trump would attend the U.S.-ASEAN and East Asia summits in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Meeting in Vietnam.
The conferences are happening back to back in November.
Trump’s press office confirmed Friday that Trump would visit three additional countries on the continent plus Hawaii, a regular refueling spot, during his journey abroad.
‘The President will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral, and cultural engagements,’ a statement said, ‘demonstrating his continued commitment to the alliances and partnerships of the United States in the region.’
The White House says Trump intends to ‘discuss the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region to America’s prosperity and security’ with host nations. ‘He will also emphasize the importance of fair and reciprocal economic ties with America’s trade partners.’
‘The President’s engagements will strengthen the international resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,’ it finishes.