President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he was focused on “fair along with reciprocal” trade in Asia.”Trade abuses harm the United States along with its workers, yet no more,” he said at the White House.
“My message has resonated. The 21 [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation] leaders, for the 1st time ever, recognized the importance of fair of reciprocal trade, recognized the need to address unfair trade practices, along with acknowledged that will the [World Trade Organization] is usually in strong need of reform,” Trump said.
The remarks came a day after the president returned by a nearly two-week trip to Asia, where he visited Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam along with the Philippines.
Earlier from the week, Trump stressed the business deals he said American companies had inked during the trip, yet was cryptic about whether the visit had produced any concrete bilateral agreements.
“We’ve made some very big steps with respect to trade, far bigger than anything you know, in addition to about $300 billion in sales to various companies, including China — that will was $250 billion along with going up very substantially by that will,” he said Monday in Manila.
On the way home, Trump told reporters on Air Force One that will much of the progress he had made during the trip was interpersonal.
“I think we made a lot of progress, just in terms of relationship,” he said.