November 18, 2017

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After Nearly 2 Weeks In Asia, Trump Heads Home After 'Fruitful' Trip

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President Trump waves goodbye as he enters Air Force One after participating in the East Asia Summit on Tuesday in the Philippines capital Manila. Trump finished a five-country trip through Asia visiting Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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President Trump said goodbye to Asia Tuesday, after visiting five countries, attending three international summits and meeting with more than half-a-dozen foreign leaders.

“It’s been a great 12 days,” the president said, capping off the longest overseas trip by a U.S. leader in 25 years.

Trump insisted it was a fruitful journey. Asian leaders staged increasingly elaborate welcome ceremonies, competing to win favor from the U.S. president, who has a showman’s eye for spectacle.

“It was red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably every received,” Trump said. “And that really is a sign of respect, perhaps for me a little bit, but really for our country.”

Trump extended his trip by one day, in order to attend a summit of East Asian leaders in the Philippines. He’d originally planned to skip the gathering, which analysts warned could have sent a worrisome

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