The Presidential Trip

How boring, I know…..just to let you know what will be on the agenda…..that is if he sticks to an agenda.

Our president will be on a 11 day road trip through Asia….oh my bad ….Indo-Pacific….(Trump’s term not mine for Asia) a record length trip….not since 1991 has a president been on such a long and tiring road trip.

What does he hope to accomplish?  Is it about North Korea and their nukes?  Or is he just looking for accolades…..a good ego massage from foreign leaders….what is this trip about?

President Trump’s ambitious 11-day, five-country trip to Asia occurs against the backdrop of yet another bout of regional anxiety over the United States’ commitment to remain an active power in the region. These worries have been exacerbated by U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Paris climate agreement; its dithering on whether it is worth the president’s time to attend the East Asia Summit; its transactional approach to relationships, including with China; and China’s concurrent efforts to position itself at the center of major regional initiatives.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2017/11/03/trumps-visit-to-asia-will-he-choose-substance-or-symbolism/

The 3 most important countries of the 5 he will visit….Japan, South Korea and China……how should he handle these 3?

Geopolitical experts like to overcomplicate matters. Donald Trump’s first trip to Asia as president is, in reality, simple. All he has to do on the three initial stops—the most important of the five visits—is listen to Japan, talk with South Korea and dictate to China.

The selection of the first stop is significant. Fortunately, long gone are the days when American leaders signaled Chinese preeminence by beginning Asia trips with Beijing.

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/trump-trip-listen-japan-talk-south-korea-dictate-china-23033

There is serious diplomatic business to be had on this trip…..the question is can Trump take advantage of the time he has in Asia….oh sorry….Indo-Pacific?  Or will he just be himself and appear as a child fighting over a teddy bear?

Donald Trump‘s upcoming tour of Asia offers plenty to keep the US president cheerful, from lavish state banquets to honour-guard pomp and even a chummy round of golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

That’s where the fun stops. It also represents a gruelling 12-day slog of speech-making, summits, and tricky sit-downs on a range of trade disputes – and the intractable policy headache of North Korea’s nuclear arms programme.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/donald-trump-asia-pacific-challenges-171103130933273.

First stop Japan….and he had lots to say……after patting himself on the back about telling troops about his accomplishments….and nothing about their part in the grand scheme of things Asian….

Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he will likely meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam to discuss the rogue nation, CNN reports. Trump’s arrival in Japan came on the same day a report in the Japan Times claimed the president questioned the country’s decision not to shoot down North Korean missiles earlier this year. The source said Trump, while speaking on the phone with South Asian leaders, expressed disbelief that a country of “samurai warriors” didn’t strike back.

Personally I think this is a waste of time…..he will accomplish little on this trip…..he will only illustrate his incompetence in world affairs.

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10 thoughts on “The Presidential Trip

  1. Just when I couldn’t imagine a worse moment than the time President George H.W. Bush vomited in Japanese PM Kiichi Miyazawa’s lap, we send Trump to Asia for 11 days.

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