Back from Asia, Trump says US ‘respected again’

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is planning to deliver a statement from the White House on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., following his lengthy tour of Asia.

The president previewed his comments before departing the Philippines, telling reporters he would make a “major statement” about trade and his work to counter the North Korean nuclear threat.

The president arrived in Washington late Tuesday after a nearly two-week trip to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Trump called his trip to Asia “tremendously successful.”

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7:43 a.m.

Just back from Asia, President Donald Trump has resumed his morning tweeting routine – this time citing what he’s calling a “successful” trip and slamming a regular media target.

The president arrived back at the White House on Tuesday evening after a 12-day tour of Asia, and the tweeting picked up hours later.

He says the United States is “respected again” in the Asia-Pacific region and he asserts that people “will see the fruits of our long but successful trip for many years to come!”

Trump also is back sparring at CNN, one of his favorite media targets.

The president says he was – in his word – “forced” to watch CNN during the trip and -as he puts it – “again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is.”

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