MANILA, Philippines — Nov 14, 2017, 5:11 AM ET

Trump abruptly concludes Asia tour: 'We've accomplished a lot'

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President Donald Trump today abruptly concluded his nearly two-week maiden tour of East Asia as president, declaring progress on security issues and trade while skipping a final meeting with regional leaders.

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"We’ve accomplished a lot. I enjoyed it very much," Trump said, appearing unannounced before cameras in the lobby of a conference center hosting the East Asia Summit.

"My press — I feel so sorry for them. They are exhausted. Would you like to stop in a couple other countries? Because we can do that if you want," he said, motioning to the horde of reporters. "Otherwise, we'll go to the plane, and we'll take off, and we'll be landing in Washington in about 22 hours."

Trump had extended his itinerary by one day in order to attend the summit plenary session. But with the program running several hours behind schedule, he decided to deliver his remarks over lunch and then bolt.

"The lunch was great. Everybody was there. They were delayed three hours, as you probably heard. There was a delay for some reason. But we had a lunch, and they let me make my opening — my ending remarks at the lunch. So that was really great," he told reporters on Air Force One just after taking off today from Manila.

Trump departed just before 3:20 p.m. local time, right on schedule, according to guidance the White House released Monday night. He was due back in Washington late today after a refueling stop in Hawaii.

Before leaving, Trump put a positive spin on his visits to five countries, complimenting his hosts and giving special praise to China, where elaborate ceremonies during his stay captured his attention and admiration.

He visited Asia with a two-pronged message on free and fair trade and collective security to confront North Korea.

"I've said very loud and very clear, the U.S. has been taken advantage of. They're very giving, and they don't get in return," Trump said. "So we want fair trade, and we want reciprocal trade."

He will hold an event later in the week to discuss concrete outcomes of his trip, according to the White House.

"It's been an incredible 12 days," Trump said. "I've enjoyed it immensely. I've made a lot of friends at the highest level."

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  • concernedvoter

    Yeah, he's become best Buds with a few World Dictators.. LOL what an imbecile.

  • Bev Guyer

    Like what?

  • Morgan Sheridan

    But, but, but! Didn't Trump brag about his stamina! Didn't he say he could do the job which includes ALL the travel - all the scheduled stops and meetings? Didn't he make a big deal about that?

  • Furrmin The Cat

    He is not fooling anyone. The other leaders do not want to meet with him. He has nothing to say so why bother with his stupidity. Having a picture taken with the Dotard Trump is a sure way to have your ratings drop.

  • 20 Yr Retired Military

    What did he accomplish?
    I saw he gave in to Putin on the campaign. Just guessing because he's afraid the truth will deligitimize the election
    Oh, and he did agree with that one dictator about putting down the Press

  • CantStoptheSignalMal

    Yes. Trump accomplished a lot of buttocks kissing while in Asia. His supporters should be so proud of him.

  • 40words

    No doubt, Trump will go down in the history books as the biggest buff oon this country has ever put into a leadership role.

  • RG

    When you are not really achieving anything, use lots of adjectives. To
    wit, Donald: "immensely, incredible, very loud, really great,
    accomplished a lot," etc. etc.

  • my golos

    Nothing new that dumb people from ABC can not understand genius.
    This enrages them.

  • yepyepyep

    Hes about destroying America. Lies abt tax relief for wealthy then wants them aka himself to get deeper cut. And it seems Donnie & Ivanka dont make their wares in US despite another lie to the contrary. He is a FRAUD. The rest of us (not his cultish base) can go to hell in Donnie's world. He cares NOTHING abt regular hardworking ppl despite his lying propaganda to the contrary. TrumPINOCCHIO says/does wats most expedient & holds no real or intelligent opinions on any substantive matter facing this country. The only REAL views are hatred for ppl of color, free will/speech, differing viewpoints & anything that parts him w any of his unearned $. Without Daddy's money Donnie couldn't run a lemonade stand successfully. Hes basic & uninformed for someone his age holding the highest office. I DESPISE him & sadly the only thing this lying SOS has earned is my contempt & that of many others. Lock this dangerous traitor up!

  • my golos

    Do you want that not a single outstanding politician left on the planet? There is only one, and take care of him.
    All of other politician can't keep up the pace with Trump. This enrages them.

  • Peter Bourne

    But Donald; Asia is beautiful this time of year. Plus you are making so much "progress" over there that many Americans would like you to stay there for at least a few months and continue the incredible achievements you've made during this trip.

    We've got everything covered here and do not need your help. You are VERY much needed in Asia. Please consider staying and working out of Tokyo...it's an amazing city and a great way for you to manage "Trump Tower Tokyo."

    Please turn your plane around and go back immediately! The good you are doing in Asia needs to continue!

  • pint_of_porter

    Trump talks like an 8-year-old: "Lunch. Terrific. Friends. A lot."

  • KJ

    Let's go over to Mueller's Magic Kingdom. Can you say indictment? Sure, I knew you could...

  • b rubble

    Didn't the White House say Trump didn't have enough time in his schedule to visit the DMZ? Yet he had enough time to play golf in Japan and then says "Would you like to stop in a couple other countries? Because we can do that if you want," he said, motioning to the horde of reporters."
    Coward.

  • Dave Park

    Do liberals EVER get tired of whining? Get job and earn your way. Stop being worried about losing something you haven't earned.

  • Karolyn Lapka

    Do we have to let him come back?

  • Timehascome

    Where are the comments here supporting Trump????
    It's kinda Hilarious that nobody wants to defend ole Donnie.
    Guess it's catching on...huh?

  • Dave

    Donald Trump is a real funny guy. "It was a great trip and we made a lot of progress" Here is the real deal - he was played like a fiddle. China knows what trips his trigger and they played it to the hilt. Gave him a Royal Welcome because that is very. very, very important to the Dotard. Same with the Japanese. At the end of the day Trump is the most dangerous President we have ever had. he will not be in office much longer. Mueller is getting closer tick tock Back to NY with Dotard. Republican here.

  • Steve1956

    He needs to get home and run interference for little Donnie jr

  • Timehascome

    Maybe Air Force One will head straight to Moscow as its final "Destination!"

  • RG

    Without Trump's repetitive self-praise we would never know he was accomplishing anything. Thanks Donald, you are the greatest!

  • owthathurts

    "I'm incredible. I enjoyed very much all the flattery, and I ate a lot of food. No need for a substantive summit meeting, where I would just embarrass myself."

  • askew

    Asia sighs in relief

  • ingyandbert

    Must have run out of dictators to meet with...

  • Fiona Wen

    Welcome Home! Behind door number 1 is, you guessed right, a crap storm (Roy, Jeff, Don Jr, Flynn) ; behind door number 2 is, well yes, an even bigger crap storm ( tax "reform," and continued failure to repeal and replace ACA, hahahahaha) ; behind door number three, the exit. Cheers!

  • Ron Fuller

    We’ve accomplished a lot. I enjoyed it very much," Trump said, appearing unannounced

    Just exactly what has he accomplished? No trade agreements, no help with North Korea, NADA!

  • MauiOhana808

    Twelve days of bliss in America OVER!................here's.........................donny!!!!?!!!!!!
    Aloha : O

  • Turned around

    Yeah right Trump, the press corp is exhausted. 🙄

  • Prophet With Honor

    He's up to something, it's not about Junior or Moore, the hint was given in one of his tweets before the trip started. The staff tried to cover it up when he said he had to be back on the 14th.

  • RZC

    HUH, what did he accomplish? Well he buddied up with another lunatic.

    But in the mean time here is what a lot of our allies are thinking , and it's pretty damning

    Increasing worries that President Trump would rashly launch a nuclear strike have led to one NATO ally expressing concerns about the commander in chief’s command of the U.S. launch system, CNN reports, citing diplomatic sources. The report comes as lawmakers from both parties have begun to question the decades-old presidential authority to launch nuclear weapons, in the face of erratic behavior at the Trump White House. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said: “The more people think about this, the more they realize Donald Trump can start a nuclear war.” Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will hold a hearing Tuesday on the issue

  • Ron Fuller

    So exactly what has he accomplished? No signed trade deals, No assistance about North Korea, What?