Trump announced that North Koreans are 'great people'
US president Donald Trump, along with his wife Melania, has kicked off a 13-day tour of Asian countries. Japan, Vietnam, China, South Korea, the Philippines, as well as a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the APEC summit, at which the US side wants to discuss the North Korean crisis, are in the program of the tour.
As Express writes in the article Donald Trump warns Asia nations US has ‘GREAT NEGOTIATING STRENGTH’ as tour gets underway, it will be the longest tour of Asia by a US president in 25 years. The last time a US president made such a marathon trip to Asia was when George HW Bush visited the region in late 1991 and early 1992. Mr Trump appeared not to be in the mood to compromise over North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.
A top aide said last week Trump intends to tell Asian leaders the world is "running out of time" in dealing with the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula. In a speech to US troops at Yokota air base near Tokyo he said that no nation should underestimate US resolve. The President said: "No-one, no dictator, no regime... should underestimate American resolve.”
He told reporters earlier on Air Force One that a decision would be made soon on whether to add reclusive North Korea to a list of state sponsors of terrorism. Mr Trump said his administration planned to take a different approach after years of what he termed "total weakness." He said: ”It's a big problem for our country and the world, and we want to get it solved." In an apparent attempt to distinguish between North Korea's leadership and ordinary people, he said he thought North Koreans were "great people''.
Mr Trump has also been emboldened by the latest set of economic figures, showing record-low unemployment and stock market gains. The President tweeted this morning: “Heading into the 12 days with great negotiating strength because of our tremendous economy.” The day before he also took to the social media site to write: “Unemployment is down to 4.1%, lowest in 17 years. 1.5 million new jobs created since I took office. Highest stock Market ever, up $5.4 trill.”
The Labour Department announced Friday that the US economy had added 261,000 jobs in October and that the unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 per cent - the lowest in nearly 17 years but not as low as economists had forecast. Despite the economic figures, the Republican president has not accomplished much during his first nine months in office and his approval ratings from the American people has slumped, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News survey. Mr Trump has an approval rating demonstrably lower than any previous US leader at this point in his presidency over seven decades of polling. Fewer than four in 10 Americans — 37 per cent — say they approve of the way he is handling his job. The president’s disapproval rating has reached 59 per cent, with 50 per cent saying they strongly disapprove of the job he is doing.