President Trump Showcased America as Strong, Proud and Confident
“Everywhere we went, our foreign hosts greeted the American delegation and myself included with incredible warmth and hospitality and most importantly respect,” President Trump told reporters at the White House in his 1st public comments after arriving back in the US late Tuesday.
“This great respect showed very well that our country is further evidence that America’s renewed confidence and standing in the world have never been stronger than it is right now.
“When we are confident in ourselves, our strengths and flags and history, other nations are confident in us,” our President said.
“When we treat our citizens with the respect they deserve, our countries treat America with the respect that our country richly deserves.”
President Trump warned NKorean dictator Kim Jong Un: “Do not underestimate us and do not try us.”
In China, Trump intervened with President Xi Jinping to release three UCLA basketball players who had been detained on suspicion of shoplifting sunglasses in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.
The athletes thanked President Trump for aiding in their release at a press conference Wednesday at UCLA. They returned to the US Tuesday.
The President Tweeted earlier Wednesday that the basketball players each had faced 10 years in prison.
In his statement in the White House Diplomatic Room, President Trump said that his Asia trip had 3 objectives:
- To unite world leaders to stand against the nuclear threat posed by NKorea
- To increase trade relations with countries in the region and,
- To “insist on fair and reciprocal trade.”
“These 2 words, of fairness and reciprocity, are a firm warning to any country that breaks the rules and engages in economic aggression like they have been doing in the past.”
“We are going to start whittling it down as fast as possible.
“In Asia, our message was clear and well received,” the President continued. “America is here to compete and do business and defend our values and our security.”
He outlined the successes of each stop, including speaking “the truth about the evil crimes of the NKorea’s regime” in SKorea and enlisting other nations, including China and Russia, “to unite and isolate Pyongyang.
“We have to denuclearize NKorea,” he said. “We have ended the failed strategy of strategic patience.”
President Trump also said that he would re-negotiate the “disastrous” US-Korea trade pact, announced deals with Seoul that would bring billions of dollars of investment into the country and had “very candid” conversations with China’s President Xi about North Koreaand about reducing Beijing’s trade deficit with the US.
“We will not accept a freeze agreement” on NKorea’s nuclear weapons program,” President Trump said. “We made it clear that time is running out, and we made it clear.
“And, all options remained on the table.”
On trade, the President said: “The days of the United States being taken advantage of are over.
“We will never again turn a blind eye to trading abuses, to cheating, economic aggression or anything else from countries that profess a belief in open trade but do not follow the rules or live by its principles themselves.
“Over the last 2 weeks,” Trump later said, “we have made historic strides in reasserting American leadership, restoring American security and reawakening American confidence.
“My fellow citizens,” the president concluded, “America is back, and the future has never looked brighter.”