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Trump to stop in Hawaii during trip to Asia

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    President Donald Trump spoke to the National Association of Manufacturers at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, today, in Washington.

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President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Hawaii in November during a trip to Asia where he is expected to participate in a series of events including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

The White House has announced today that Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel from Nov. 3 to Nov. 14 to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Philippines and Hawaii.

It’s unclear at this time which day Trump will arrive in Hawaii.

During his trip, the president also plans to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit to demonstrate his “continued commitment to the alliances and partnerships of the United States in the region.”

Trump has offered fiery rhetoric and a tough stance against the North’s nuclear weapons program, declaring in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly last week that the U.S. would “totally destroy” North Korea if provoked. North Korea responded with pledges to take the “highest-level” action against the United States and warned that it might conduct the “most powerful” atmospheric hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean.

Even as Washington and Beijing grapple with that security crisis in North Korea, Trump has pressed China for more balanced trade with America.

Trump has been openly critical of China’s large trade surpluses with the United States and last month ordered an investigation into whether Beijing improperly pressures companies to hand over their technology in exchange for market access.

His trip to China will come weeks after Chinese leader Xi Jinping is expected to receive a second five-year term as the leader of China’s communist party. Trump has sought to forge a personal relationship with Xi, hosting the Chinese president at his Mar-a-Lago resort in April.

In a prelude to Trump’s trip to China, Trump met Thursday with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, who was attending the inaugural dialogue on people-to-people ties in Washington.

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