Trump Lauds Domestic Successes on First Day of Asia Trip

The president spoke to American troops in Tokyo about unemployment and the stock market
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2017 9:46 AM CST
Trump Toots His Own Horn on First Day of Asia Trip
   (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Photo via AP)

Donald Trump is in Asia this week to talk trade and the threat of a nuclear North Korea, and at his first stop, Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, on Sunday morning he told the American troops gathered to hear him speak that things are going "really, really well" back in the United States "since a very very special day—it's called Election Day." Wearing a leather bomber jacket, Trump talked about the success of the stock market and continued low levels of unemployment, the New York Times reports. He also talked about dealing ISIS "one brutal defeat after another." Trump called American troops "the greatest threat to tyrants and dictators who seek to prey on the innocent.”

Tokyo is the first stop on Trump's 12-day tour of Asia, during which he'll meet with the leaders of Japan, South Korea, and China and attend summits in Vietnam and the Philippines. Arguably the biggest issue facing the region is North Korea, and 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. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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