President Donald Trump will visit Hawaii ahead of Asia trip

Sep 30, 2017, 02:16
President Donald Trump will visit Hawaii ahead of Asia trip

President Donald Trump will travel to Asia, including Japan, South Korea and China, from Nov 3-14 as the United States steps up coordination with regional allies and partners in curbing the rising nuclear threat posed by North Korea, the White House said Friday.

US President Donald Trump will travel to Asia next month for the first time since taking office.

"The president's engagements will strengthen the worldwide resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", the White House said in a statement. His visit will include attending two major summits, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations conclave in the Philippines.

The trip will be Mr Trump's fourth global trip as President.

Trump will meet Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Monday at the White House, and Thailand is not on the November travel plan.

Trump last met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in NY last week.

Mr Trump is also expected to discuss trade ties to the region.

He has denounced Mr Kim as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission for test launches of ballistic missiles and for nuclear weapon tests.

Trump has called Kim "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea should it attack the USA or its allies. Kim has blasted Trump as "mentally deranged".

Mr Trump's visit to China will come weeks after Xi Jinping is expected to receive a second five-year term as the leader of the communist party. He hosted the leaders of Japan and South Korea at the United Nations and spoke by phone with the leader of China this month even as he ordered a sweeping new set of sanctions meant to cut off North Korea from the worldwide banking system. "I want to thank President Xi", Trump said at a news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

"The President will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral, and cultural engagements", the White House said in a statement announcing the trip and the Apec and Asean meetings, "demonstrating his continued commitment to the alliances and partnerships of the United States in the region".

"We're looking at all of it", the official said.