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Donald Trump's Asia trip

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Donald Trump has largely barred photographers and the media from covering his Asian trip. However, the New York Times photographer, Doug Mills, got this photo op of Trump and the other Asian leaders published in this Washington Post article. It is getting wide circulation and probably will make Trump livid if his staff allows him to see it

    Trump joins other leaders in a handshake with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, right, during the opening ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summitpic.

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  • Independent
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    Is that some international way of crossing-your-fingers and then tweeting "Putin said he didn't meddle in our election, and I believe him 110% " ;)
  • Independent
    Washington
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    Serious question: "Why is trump doing this, and other, trips?"

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    wwjd Wrote:

    Serious question: "Why is trump doing this, and other, trips?"

    Yes an right question; he claims he has done an "fantastic" super job; and has made "huge fantastic" trade deals etc. None of that is the case. Trade deals are made with plenty of "experts" around tables and may take sometimes years to complete. Trump's statement that he can do those things "alone" are pure lies and B.S. Tillerson's State Department is non existent; therefore who initiates anything like that in a proper way on this side of the "pond"?
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Yes trade deals are complicated and in constant need of updating. Trump's withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is going to have negative trade implications for the United States well into the future. The 12 remaining members of the TPP are forging ahead and additional members are showing interest in joining, including China.

    The United States in the meantime is sitting on the sidelines not really knowing what to do as the Trump cronies lack the diplomatic depth of experience to come to a bilateral trade agreement with any country. If the United States eventually does update bilateral trade agreements with each of these countries (a momentous task), I expect the terms will be very similar to those of the TPP.

    The emperor has no clothes.

  • Independent
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    wwjd Wrote:

    Serious question: "Why is trump doing this, and other, trips?"

    I believe the answer is very simple, he is doing it primarily for personal reasons as his overriding motivation. He is traveling to establish a friendly relationships with all these leaders so that once trump leaves office he'll be able to expand his licensing business into new markets. We can also easily predict that people will be coming to trump asking him make phone calls (favors) on their behalf, thus making trump part of the deal. Some will be clean business people, but some will also be much like Paul Manafort who make very very shady deals and need someone (corrupt) like trump who think\operate with no ethics, and most importantly don't ask vetting questions.

    also, trump ego love all these photo ops with world leaders.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Yes trade deals are complicated and in constant need of updating. Trump's withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is going to have negative trade implications for the United States well into the future. The 12 remaining members of the TPP are forging ahead and additional members are showing interest in joining, including China.

    The United States in the meantime is sitting on the sidelines not really knowing what to do as the Trump cronies lack the diplomatic depth of experience to come to a bilateral trade agreement with any country. If the United States eventually does update bilateral trade agreements with each of these countries (a momentous task), I expect the terms will be very similar to those of the TPP.

    The emperor has no clothes.

    Yes Schmidt; I fully agree. However our "hero" says that he made "huge" deals and will announce those Wednesday.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I would not be surprised if many of these deals were well in the works before Trump became president or were largely crafted with Obama era people. Trump has not hired the people with the skills to "make a deal". His is all pompous rhetoric void of any substantive intellectual insight. He commended other countries for making trade deals that put their countries first and said the USA will do likewise. Yeah, I wonder how all that will work out. Every country me first. As Trump said we're going to win and win and win...
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    Schmidt Wrote: I would not be surprised if many of these deals were well in the works before Trump became president or were largely crafted with Obama era people. Trump has not hired the people with the skills to "make a deal". His is all pompous rhetoric void of any substantive intellectual insight. He commended other countries for making trade deals that put their countries first and said the USA will do likewise. Yeah, I wonder how all that will work out. Every country me first. As Trump said we're going to win and win and win...
    Yes; he won't even be able to cover the cost of the trip for us taxpayers, let alone that China has become number one in the world; we are under his none-leadership only getting closer to the cliff and surely will become more and more isolated..