As President Trump wraps up his highly successful trip to Asia, it’s clear that America’s new leader is right at home on the international stage.
After eight years of Obama, who was largely seen as ineffective and weak by our allies in Asia, Trump’s business acumen and no-nonsense attitude is a relief, especially his trade policies.
During his trip, the president met with leaders from Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, China, and the Philippines, and had his first official meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte earlier today.
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President Trump praised Duterte for doing an “unbelievable job” in fighting the scourge of drugs that have plagued the Philippines, and the two discussed how to combat both the drug epidemic and the threat of ISIS.
Trump was greeted in the Philippines with an unprecedented welcome, which he described, saying, “It’s a red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably ever seen, and that really is a sign of respect, perhaps for me a little bit, but really, for our country.”
“We’ve had a great relationship,” said Trump, who mentioned Duterte in his address at the ASEAN summit, saying, “Rodrigo, I would like to commend you on your success as ASEAN chair at this critical moment in time, and in the association’s history.”
Duterte, whose country is embroiled in battle with the vicious Islamic terrorist group, ISIS, has praised Trump for his tough stance against terrorism.