ANALYSIS: President Trump in Vietnam: 'There's no place like home'
By
WATCH: In Beijing the president praised China for the very trade practices he once criticized as unfair.

At the close of his speech to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC), President Donald Trump took a philosophical turn, echoing the words of Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" as he outlined his vision for a world order rooted in nationalism.

“Finally, let us never forget,” the president said, “the world has many places, many dreams and many roads, but in all of the world there's no place like home.”

Then, here at a forum of 21 Asian-Pacific nations designed to pursue common economic interests, Trump called for each country to take responsibility for pursuing its own self-interest.

“And so, for family, for country, for freedom, for history and for the glory of God, protect your home, defend your home and love your home today and for all time.”

President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in Danang, Vietnam, Nov. 10, 2017.

It was a little odd to hear the president borrow a line from "The Wizard of Oz," but what he was really doing was articulating his Trump Doctrine. A doctrine that boils down to this: nationalism for America and nationalism for the rest of the world, too.

His message to the Pacific nations: The United States will pursue its own self-interest without apology, but it won’t try to impose its will or its values on other nations.

It’s the philosophy that made Trump a booster of Brexit over Europe and led him to withdraw from both the Paris Climate Accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Above all, it means the elevation of national interest over multi-lateral organizations, such as the United Nations and, even, the very organization he was addressing Friday in Vietnam.

The speech today marked the president’s toughest words on trade during his Asia trip –- vowing a much tougher approach to trade guided by the Trump Doctrine for nationalism for everyone.

“We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore,” the president said. “I am always going to put America first, the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your country first.”

Declaring that America has long been taken advantage of by its trading partners, the president put the blame squarely on previous administrations, Democratic and Republican, whom he portrayed as patsies on trade.

“I do not blame China or any other country of which there are many, for taking advantage of the United States in trade,” the president said. “If their representatives are able to get away with it, they are just doing their jobs. I wish previous administrations in my country saw what was happening and did something about it. They did not, but I will.”

China's President Xi Jinping arrives to speak on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in Danang, Vietnam, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (Anthony Wallace/Pool Photo via AP)

He had also said “I don’t blame China” while he was in Beijing. But here in Vietnam, the president went on at length about U.S. concerns regarding China’s unfair trade practices.

“We will no longer tolerate the audacious theft of intellectual property,” he said. “We will confront the destructive practices of forcing businesses to surrender their technology to the state and forcing them into joint ventures and exchange from market to excess. We will address the massive subsidizing of industries through colossal enterprises that put private competitors out of business.”

He didn’t mention China as he went through this litany of unfair trade practices -– a litany that also included cyber-attacks and corporate espionage –- but there was little doubt what country he was referring to.

Tough words, but words said here in Vietnam and not in China. When he was in China, standing next to the leader of the country accused of doing all of those things, Trump largely avoided talking about them. In China, the president, for the most part, pulled his punches.

President Trump wrapped up a five country trip through Asia after 12 days where he met foreign leaders and delivered a speech at the APEC CEO Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam.

President Donald Tr... Photo Credit: Manan Vatsyayana/EPA
President Donald Trump is flanked by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, left, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia as they pose for photographers during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations s... Photo Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Redux
(L-R) Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President Donald Trump, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull join hands for... Photo Credit: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) stands as his partner Honeylet Avancena (R) toasts President Donald Trump during a special gala celebration dinner for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)... Photo Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images
President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at an ASEAN Summit dinner at the SMX Convention Center, Nov. 12, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP
President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang, observe national anthems during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, Nov. 12, 2017.

Photo Credit: Luong Thai Linh/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (2nd R) stand for the U.S. national anthem at the top of a state banquet in Trump's honor at the International Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, ... Photo Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang (R) and President Donald Trump attend a state dinner in Hanoi, Vietnam, Nov. 11, 2017.

Photo Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quan, right, looks on during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 11, 2017. Photo Credit: Jorge Silva/Pool Photo via AP
Leaders of the APEC forum pose for a group photo during this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 11, 2017. Photo Credit: Yonhap/EPA
President Donald Trump (7th R, front) poses for a family photo before a gala dinner hosted by Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang (8th L, front) and his wife Nguyen Thi Hien (8th R, front), for leaders, delegat... Photo Credit: Li Tao/Xinhua/Polaris
President Donald Trump is welcomed by Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang and his wife Nguyen Thi Hien for the gala dinner of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 10, 201... Photo Credit: VNA/Handout via Reuters
President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 10, 2017.

Photo Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump signs a proclamation in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War during a meet and greet with veterans in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 10, 2017.

Photo Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump arrives at Da Nang International Airport, Nov. 10, 2017, in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP
First lady Melania Trump poses for a group photo with pupils during her visit to the giant panda enclosure at the Beijing Zoo in China, Nov. 10, 2017. Photo Credit: Xinhua/Polaris
President Donald Trump (2nd R) gestures toward China's President Xi Jinping (3rd L), as first lady Melania Trump (C) and Xi's wife Peng Liyuan (R) look on, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Nov. 9, 20... Photo Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images
President Donald Trump shakes hands with a performer at the Forbidden City in Beijing, Nov. 8, 2017. Photo Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
President Donald Trump, second left, First Lady Melania Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan, stand together as they tour the Forbidden City, Nov. 8, 2017, in Beijing. Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP
China's President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, on Nov. 9, 2017.

Photo Credit: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds a grand ceremony to welcome President Donald Trump at the square outside the east gate of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 9, 2017. Photo Credit: Rao Aimin/Xinhua/Newscom
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania arrive on Air Force One in Beijing, Nov. 8, 2017. Photo Credit: China Daily/Reuters
President Donald Trump speaks at the South Korean National Assembly, Nov. 8, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Photo Credit: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
President Donald Trump speaks at the South Korean National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 8, 2017. Photo Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
President Donald Trump burns incense at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 8, 2017. Photo Credit: Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP
First Lady Melania Trump looks at a present given to her by her South Korean counterpart Kim Jung-sook, after receiving it from their countries' children at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, No... Photo Credit: Ahn Young-joon/AP
South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) and President Donald Trump (L) walk towards a guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House, Nov. 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Photo Credit: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
Anti-Trump activists shout slogans during a protest against a visit by President Donald Trump in Gwanghwamun square, in central Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 7, 2017.

Photo Credit: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Supporters of President Donald Trump hold a giant U.S. flag as they wait for Trump's convoy to pass through the Gwanghwamun area of central Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 7, 2017.

Photo Credit: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

In this handout picture released by Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office via Jiji Press, President Donald Trump gestures to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while playing golf with Japanese professional go... Photo Credit: Handout/AFP/Getty Images
President Donald Trump (C) and First Lady Melania meet abductees and families of abductees by North Korea with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Abe's wife Akie, Nov. 6, 2017, in Tokyo. Photo Credit: Kimimasa Mayama/AFP/Getty Images
First lady Melania Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie show off calligraphy they wrote as they attend a calligraphy class of the 4th grader at Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School, Nov. 6, 20... Photo Credit: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP
President Donald Trump, second left, salutes as Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, gestures while walking past an honor guard at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 6, 2017. Photo Credit: Kiyoshi Ota/Reuters
President Donald Trump overturns a container of food for Koi fish as Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson watch during a stop at a Koi pond during a visit to the Akasaka Palace, ... Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are escorted by Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Nov. 6, 2017. Photo Credit: Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP
President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. and Japanese business leaders at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Tokyo, Nov. 6, 2017. He also commented on the mass shooting that took place in a church in Sut... Photo Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
U.S. troops cheer as President Donald Trump (not pictured) arrives to speak during an event with U.S. military personnel at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Nov. 5, 2017.

Photo Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump prepares to address U.S. soldiers as his wife Melania looks on upon arriving at U.S. Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Nov. 5, 2017.

Photo Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

First lady Melania Trump and her Japanese counterpart Akie Abe, second from left, smile during their visit to Mikimoto Ginza Main Store, Japan's pearl jewelry maker, at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, Nov. 5,... Photo Credit: Katsumi Kasahara/Pool Photo via AP
President Donald Trump, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose after they signed hats reading 'Donald and Shinzo, Make Alliance Even Greater' at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, near Tokyo, ... Photo Credit: Franck Robichon/AFP/Getty Images
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk through an honor cordon as they arrive at Yokota Air Base at Fussa in Tokyo, Nov. 5, 2017.

Photo Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump lay a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 3, 2017.

Trump begins a five country trip through Asia traveling t... Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP
President Donald Trump, center right, and first lady Melania Trump, center left, accompanied by Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris, left, and his wife Bruni Bradley, throw flower petals while visiting the Pear... Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP
President Donald Trump greets servicemen after arriving aboard Air Force One, Nov. 3, 2017 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. Photo Credit: Jamm Aquino/The Star-Advertiser via AP
A video screen touts President Donald Trump's visit to Asia in the lobby where he was received with a red carpet for his briefing at United States Pacific Command headquarters in Aiea, Hawaii, Nov. 3, 2017. Photo Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Outbrain
Outbrain