SPECIAL REPORT: Trump summarizes 'historic' 5-country tour of Asia

President Donald Trump says his trip to Asia showed that America's "standing in the world has never been stronger."
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Transcript for SPECIAL REPORT: Trump summarizes 'historic' 5-country tour of Asia
This is an ABC news special. George Stephanopoulos. Good afternoon we are coming on the air right now because president troubles about to speak from the diplomatic room of the White House reporting on the longest foreign mission of his presidency. President just back from thirteen days a nation China Japan South Korea Vietnam and the Philippines the nuclear threat from North Korea high on the agenda trade as well. The president also intervene with the Chinese president to secure the return home of three UC OLA basketball players caught shoplifting. In Beijing see the president right there he returned late last night. There was a guard trip. He met with president she of China President Putin of Russia also present you care take of the Philippines the president promised a major statement. On his return back expected to cover as I said North Korea and trade. And and the economic agenda. And the presence henin did to my room right now. Thank you very much. Last night I returned from a historic twelve day trip to Asia. This journey took us to five nations. To meet with dozens of foreign leaders. Participate in three formal state visits and attend three key regional summits. It was along his visit to the region by an American president in more than a quarter of a century. Everywhere we went our foreign host greeted the American delegation. Myself included. With incredible. Warm. Hospitality. And most importantly. Respect. And this great respect. Showed very well our country is further evidence that America's renewed confidence and standing in the world. Has never been stronger than it is right now. When we are confident in ourselves our strength our flag our history our values. Other nations are confident in us. And when we treat our citizens with the respect they deserve. Other countries treat America with the respect. That our country so richly deserves. During our travels this is exactly. Watt the world saw. A strong. Proud and confident. America. Today I want to update the American people in the tremendous success of this trip. And the progress we've made to advance American security and prosperity. Throughout the year. When I came into office our country was faced with a series. Of growing dangers. These threats included. Rogue regimes pursuing deadly weapons. Foreign powers challenging America's influence the spread of the murderous terror group ices. And years of unfair trade practices. That had dangerously depleted our manufacturing base. And wiped out millions and millions of middle class jobs. The challenges were inherited. And these products really show what previous mistakes. Were made over many years even decades. By other administrations. Some of these mistakes were born of indifference. And neglect. Others from naive thinking and misguided judgment. In some cases the negative influence of partisan politics and special entrance. Was to blame. But the one common thread behind all of these problems was a failure to protect. And promote the interests of the American people and American workers. Upon my inauguration I pledge that we would rebuild America restore its economic strength. And defend its national security. With this goal in mind. I about that we would reaffirm old alliances and form new friendships in pursuit. Of shared goals above all. I swore that in every decision with every action. I would put the best interest of the American people forest. Over the past ten months traveling across the globe and meeting with world leaders that is exactly what I have to. Earlier this year in Saudi Arabia I spoke to the leaders of more than fifty Arab and Muslim nations. About our strategy to defeat terrorists by stripping them of financing territory and ideological support. And I urged the leaders to drive out. The terrorists and extremists from there societies. Since that time we have dealt Tyson's one crushing defeat after an out there. In Israel I reaffirm the unbreakable bond. Between America and the Jewish state and I met with leaders of the Palestinian Authority. And initiated an effort to facility lasting peace between the Israelis. And the Palestinians. In Brussels I urge to our NATO allies to do more to strengthen our crucial alliance. And set the stage for significant increases. In member contributions. Billions and billions of dollars are pouring in. Because of that initiative. NATO believe me is very happy with Donald Trump and what I did. In Warsaw I declare to the world America's resolve to preserve and protect western civilization. And the values we hold so dear. In Rome Sicily hombre. And Paris are strengthened our friendships with key allies to promote our shared interest of security. And prosperity. In September at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. I urge that the nations of the world join. In confronting rogue regimes that threaten humanity. And laid out a model for international cooperation grounded in respect. For sovereignty. And the responsibilities. That come with it. On each trip I have work to advance American interests and leadership in the world. And to each of these places I have carried our vision for a better. A vision for something stronger. And sovereign so important software and independent nations rooted in there histories. Confident in their destinies. And cooperating together to advance their security prosperity. And the noble cause of peace. It was this same vision that I carry agent two weeks ago. And it was this same commitment to you the American people that was always at the forefront of my mind in my thinking. Alec ship was defined by three core goals. First. To unite the world against the nuclear menace posed by the North Korean regime. A threat that has increased steadily through many administrations. And now requires. Urgent action. Second to strengthen America's alliances and economic partnerships and he free and open Indo Pacific. Made up of thriving independent nations respectful. Of other countries and their own citizens. And safe from foreign domination. And economic servitude. And there it. To finally after many years insists horn fair. And reciprocal. Trade. Fair. And reciprocal. Train so important. These two words fairness and reciprocity. Aren't open invitation to every country that seeks to do business with the United States. And they are a firm warning to every country that sheets. Breaks the rules and engages in economic aggression. Like they've been doing in the past especially. In the recent past. That is why we have almost. An 800. Billion dollar a year trade deficit. With other nations unacceptable. We are going to start whittling that down and as fast as possible. With these girls it was my profound honor. To travel on this journey. As your represented. I explained to all of the world leaders. And across Asia. How well the United States is due. Economic growth has been all over 3%. The last two quarters and is going higher. Unemployment. Is at its lowest level in seventeen years. Stock. Market has gained trillions of dollars in value. Since my election and has reached record highs. We are massively increasing our military budget. Two historic levels. The house has just passed a nearly 700 billion dollar defense package and it could not come. At a better time for our nation. Once again our country is optimistic. About the future. Confident in our values and proud of our history. Andy role in the world. I want to thank you reaches of this country for the part you have plane in making this great American comeback possible. In Asia our message was clear. And well received. America is here to compete. To do business and to defend our values and our security. We began our trip in Hawaii. To pay our respects. To brave American service members at Pearl Harbor. And the United States Pacific Command. The guardian of our security and freedom the pro us the Indo Pacific region. As our country prepared to observe veterans day. We remembered the incredible sacrifices in Paris. Of all of the veterans who services preserve. Our liberty and a way up life. That is very special. We also thanked military families for their support. For our brave servicemen and women. From Hawaii we traveled to Japan. A crucial US ally and partner in the region. Upon landing in Japan my First Act was to thank the American service members. And Japanese self defense forces. Who personified. The strength. Of our enduring alliance. Prime minister hobby. And I. Agree on our absolute determination to remain united. To achieve the goal of dean knew her I North Korea. Shortly following our visit. Japan announced additional sanctions. 135. North Korean entities and individuals. Japan. And also committed to shouldering. More of the burden of our common defense by reimbursing costs borne by American taxpayers. As well as by making deep investments. In Japan's own military. This will include purchases of US advanced capabilities. From jet fighters. Two missile defense. System is worth many many billions of dollars and jobs for the American work. Prime minister and I also discussed ways we can deepen our trade relationship. Based on the core principles of fairness. And reciprocity. I am pleased that since January of this year. Japanese companies have announced investments in the United States worth more than eight. Billion dollars 171000. Jobs. That on the border that's okay. Liked it. Japanese manufacturers Toyota and Mazda. Announced that they will be opening a new plant in the United States will create 4000 jobs we also signed agreements between our nations to enhance infrastructure. Development increased access affordable energy and advance our foreign policy goals to economic investment. From Japan we traveled to another two yep American ally in Asia. The Republic of Korea. My official state visit to South Korea was the first by an American president in 25 years. Speaking before the national assembly of the Republic of Korea. I spoke the truth about the evil crimes of the North Korean regime. And I made clear that we will not allow this twisted dictatorship. To hold the world hostage to nuclear blackmail. I called on every nation including China and Russia to unite and isolating the North Korean regime. Cutting off all ties of trade and commerce until it stops its dangers of occupation on and this it is. The whole key to what we're doing on DE. No color eyes nation we have to. North Korea we have ended the failed strategy. Of strategic patience and as a results. We have already seen important progress including tough new sanctions from the UN counts. We have a Security Council that has been with us and just about with a us from the beginning. South Korea agreed to harmonize sanctions and joined the United States in sanctioning additional rogue actors. Whoo it's fun and funds have. Helped north period. And North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs it's unacceptable to us the United States welcomed the decision. A president voluntary move the paella. Restrictions. On missiles to combat the North Korean threat. And together we reaffirmed our commitment to a campaign of maximum. Pressure. Like Japan South Korea is increasing its defense contributions. During our meetings president and acknowledged his desire for equitable color sharing through the united states military forces stationed in South Korea. And I visited soldiers at camp conferees. A brand new joint American South Korean base paid for almost entirely by the South Korean government. At that pace I discussed with the United States and South Korean military leaders both military options and readiness to respond to North Korean provocation. Or offensive actions. During our visit president mourn and I also discussed. And direction. We are currently renegotiating. The disasters US Korea trade agreements signed under the previous administration. It has been a disaster for the United States. Last week 42 South Korean companies announced their intent to invest in projects worth more than seventeen billion dollars in the United States. And 24 companies announced plans to purchase 58 billion dollars in American goods and services. From South Korea. Malulani and I traveled to China where as in Japan and South Korea. We were greatly honored by the splendor of our reception. Our trip included differs official dinner. Held for a foreign leader. In the forbidden city since the founding of the modern China where we enjoyed a very productive. Evening hosted by president she. And his wonderful wife bottom Hong. During our visit president she pledged to faithfully implement united nations Security Council resolutions on North Korea. And to use his great economic influence over the regime. To achieve our common call of a president she recognizes. That a nuclear North Korea. Is a grave threat to China and we agreed that we would not accept a so called freeze for freeze agreement. Like those that have consistently failed. In the past. We made that time is running out and we made it clear. And all options remain on the table. I also had a very candid conversation with president she about the need to reduce our staggering trade deficit with China. And for our trading relationship. To be conducted on a truly fair. An equitable basis. We can no longer tolerate unfair trading practices. That steal American jobs wealth and intellectual property. The days of the United States being taken advantage of our all. In China we also announced 250 billion dollars worth in trade investment deals. That will create jobs in the United States. From China I flew to the city of Da Nang in Vietnam. To attend the leaders meeting for APEC. Asia Pacific Economic. Cooperation. There. I spoke to a major gathering of business leaders where are reminded the world of America's historic role in the Pacific. As a force for freedom and for peace. Standing that this proud history I offered our vision for robust trading relationships. In which Indo Pacific nations can all prosper and grow together. I announced that the United States is ready to make bilateral trade deals with any nation in the region. That wants to be our partner in fair and reciprocal trend. We will never again turn a blind eye to trading abuses to cheating. Economic aggression or anything else from countries that profess a belief and open thread but do not follow the rules or live by its principals themselves. No international trading organization can function if members are allowed to exploit the openness of others for unfair economic gains. Trade abuses harm the United States' and its workers. But no more. No more. We will take every trade action necessary to achieve the fair and reciprocal treatment. That the United States has offered to the rest of the world for decades. My message. Has resonate. The 21 APEC leaders for the first time matter recognize the importance of fair and reciprocal train. Recognize the need to address unfair trade practices and acknowledged that the WTO. Is in strong need of reform. These leaders also noted that countries must do a better job following the rules to which they agree. I'd also made very clear that the United States will promote a free and open Indo Pacific. In which nations enjoy the independence and respect ages there. In Vietnam. During a state visit in or annoying. I also met with president Juan. And prime minister four oak do discuss the growing friendship between. Our countries. Our Vietnamese partners are taking new actions to enforce sanctions on North Korea. In addition we committed to expand trade and investment between our countries and we pledged to address. The imbalances. I am particularly pleased that the United States and Vietnam recently announced twelve billion dollars in commercial agreements. Which will include. Ten billion dollars in US content. Finally I visited the Philippines where I met with numerous world leaders at the US ASEAN and East Asia summits. At ASEAN the association of south east. Asian nations we made it clear that no one owns the ocean. Freedom of navigation and overflight are critical to the security and prosperity of all nations. I also met. With the prime ministers of India Australia and Japan to discuss our shared commitment to a free and. Open end of this ethnic. During our visit president do art. Of the Philippines thanked the American people and our armed forces for supporting the recent liberation. Of borrowing. From crisis we pledged to strengthen and deepen our longstanding alliance. At the East Asia Summit. The United States negotiated and signed for important leaders statements on the use of chemical weapons money laundering poverty alleviation. And countering terrorist propaganda and finance. And crucially at both summits and throughout the trip. We asked all nations to support our campaign of maximum pressure for North Korean denuclearization. And they are responding. By cutting trade with North Korea restricting financial ties to the regime and expelling North Korean diplomats and workers. Over the last two weeks we have made historic strides in re asserting American leadership restoring American security. And reawakening. American. Confidence. Everywhere we went. I reaffirm our vision for cooperation between route independent sovereign countries and I made clear that the United States will be a reliable friend. A strong partner and the powerful advocate for its own citizens. The momentum from our trip will launch yes on our continued after. To accomplish the three core objectives I outline. To unite the world against North Korean nuclear threat to promote a free an open Indo Pacific region. And to advance fare and reciprocal economic relations with our trading partners and allies in the region. We have established a new framework for trade. That will ensure reciprocity. Through enforcement actions reform of international organizations. And new fair trade deals that benefit the United States and our partners. And we have laid out a pathway toward peace and security. In our world where sovereign nations can thrive flourished and prospers side by side. This is our beautiful vision. For the future. This is a future with his vision this dream is only possible if America is strong. Proud and free. As long as we are true to ourselves. Faithful to our founding and loyal to our services. Than there is no task too great. No dream too large no goal beyond our reach. My fellow citizens America is back. And the future has never looked brighter. Thank you god bless you and god bless the United States of America thank you very much thank you thank you all. I used to present their leaving the diplomatic room refusing to answer questions about Roy Moore that embattled Republican senate candidate down Alabama's been. Faced and allegations of sexual misconduct dating from your teenagers when he was in his thirties. Republican. Support for him on Capitol Hill has collapsed right now the president. Not wanting to weigh in on that with the president to do is give report on his thirteen day visit. To Asia saying the world saw a strong proud and confident America. On that trip he laid out the three goals that he had been in a country by country report unite in the world against North Korea. Strengthening economic alliances and getting fair and reciprocal trail and bring in. Our chief global affairs anchor Martha Raddatz for more on this right now remarkable a couple of ways. Well Martha number one a real broadside against his predecessors they're saying that all of this predecessors. Had made mistakes nigh eve thinking misguided judgment neglect. A failure to protect and promote. American interest president also laid out those goals not a lot of concrete. Evidence of actual lose steps to achieve those goals. Yeah a lot of tough words they're George in the trip had a lot of dazzle he said he was working on relationships. We can Allred called that he had kind words about Vladimir put me at kind words about. China but there was really nothing substantial. Done so we heard a lot of tough words we heard about this confidence but it made me think of the latest ABC Washington Post poll 60%. Of those polls do not trust Donald Trump to act responsibly. With North Korea 53%. Say American leadership. Has gotten weaker. Under president trump and we still have that looming problem of North Korea. President trump was handed that problem if we don't already we will have the North Korea capable of putting a nuclear weapon. On an Intercontinental ballistic missile but that remains a huge problem and a huge threat that is yet to be so. Although the rhetoric on North Korea over the last several weeks Martha has been toned down and that. It it seems to have been toned down. And North Korea hasn't launched a missile or had any tests in well over a month and that's something everyone is looking at they're not sure. Why that happened but the president on this trip specifically did toned down its rhetoric except for that one tweak. Where it called Kim Jung on short fast. Yeah after he was called old I can just not a cure arthritis thanks very much when it at a Capitol Hill right now our chief congressional correspondent Mary Bruce there. On Capitol Hill you heard the president he did hear the president talk about Roy Moore there even though he's said he was gonna address this when he got back in the United States perhaps we'll hear from them. On another front but as I said. As the president refusing is refusing to speak out right now Republicans on Capitol Hill completely abandoned Roy Moore. Get short and it's pretty remarkable to think that right now we still don't know Weydert the president stands exactly in his absence we have seen a weighing of Republican leaders coming out now saying that they believed that Roy Moore should drop out of the race that the allegations in and of themselves. Are disqualifying Bolton does the president agree with that that still remains to be the big question and it's worth a reminder that the president taking a position on this if he does agree with Republican leaders. He's not without risk because right now it does not look like Roy Moore is going anywhere he has been define it would he agree wouldn't comply. With the president working to call for him to drop out just a short while ago George Roy Moore tweeted and I quote. Me will not quit. There were more says he's staying in no matter what the election is set. 4 December 12 some new polls now coming out showing for the first time that perhaps a Democrat Doug Jones is leading in that race a long way to go there. There we much more tonight on world news with David near you can also get the latest news any time I download BBC news that I'll see tomorrow Jim. This has been a special. From ABC.

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