Accuracy in Media

Even by many of his critics’ accounts, President Donald Trump’s Asia trip was largely a success.

“During his first visit to Northeast Asia as president, [Trump] stayed on script, deepened relationships with his counterparts and succeeded in communicating the right combination of assurance regarding the United States’ commitment to its allies and resolve in the face of the global threat posed by North Korea,” said Scott Snyder, fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations fellow.

Trump returned to the U.S. on Tuesday after visiting five Asian countries — Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. According to Harry Kazianis of the Center for the National Interest, the Trump administration intended to focus about 90 percent of its efforts during the Asia trip on the threat from North Korea. The administration focused the other 10 percent on trade.

While in the South Korean capital of Seoul, just miles from North Korea, Trump spoke to the South Korean National Assembly, from which he received booming applause for his tough talk regarding North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Throughout all of Trump’s trip, Kim Jong Un refrained from testing ballistic missiles, as some speculated he might do to further stoke the flames of tension between North Korea and the United States.

Further, Trump’s visit to China appeared to show the communist regime’s increased willingness to work with the U.S. and South Korea on the North Korean threat. Just months into Trump’s presidency, China agreed to sanctions on North Korea, a move thought nearly unimaginable just one year ago when Barack Obama was still president.

Despite these successes, much of the media have pushed the narrative that the president’s Asia trip was anything but successful.

Washington Post writer Adam Taylor, for example, called Trump’s message to America’s allies in Asia “incoherent.” Taylor said the trip was “designed to offer a vision for U.S. foreign policy in the region and reassure allies at a time of worrying tension.” But, Taylor opined, “it has done neither.”

“Instead, the Trump administration has offered up conflicting versions of its Asia policy,” Taylor said.

Taylor pointed to Trump’s tough talk regarding China juxtaposed with his “bizarrely deferential” treatment of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

“It was a remarkable approach for a president who has so frequently talked tough on China, as well as a contrast to Trump’s condescending treatment of [Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe, the ally whom Trump belittled a number of times during his time in Japan,” Taylor wrote.

Taylor was not the only one to be critical of Trump’s high stakes Asia trip, though. Kazianis called the trip “disastrous,” saying that given Trump’s lack of foreign policy experience before becoming president, “no one expected miracles.”

But “at the very least, being a foreign policy novice, Trump could have chosen to say little, listen more, shake some hands, lay some wreaths, and give some forgettable speeches. Instead, what we have is what we should expect nowadays from this White House: a total disaster in words as well as in deeds.”

“What we saw during Trump’s tour of Asia was a series of incoherent rants, no vision or grand strategy for the future, and a strange bromance-style of foreign policy.”

To that end, the Inquisitr’s Alan Ewart claimed in a column Sunday that Trump was “cozying up to Communists” during his trip while “undermining his own intelligence agencies.”

But CNN’s James Griffith agreed the president’s trip was successful.

“If the primary purpose of Trump’s visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines was to shore up relations with those countries and their leaders, the trip can be judged a success, even though actual policy wins were in scant supply,” Griffith wrote on Monday.

President Trump said Sunday that he will make a “major announcement” Wednesday regarding the outcome of policy successes from his 12-day Asia trip, ABC News reported.





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Comments

  • jameshrust

    The left-wing media will never have anything to say about President Trump that is good. The Dow Jones passed 23,600 today for a new record and they will not mention this.

  • Jaime Salomon

    Yo!, MSM
    Agree with a number of earlier comments that YOU ( yeah, all of you liberals from the MSM ) have not, are not and will not say anything good or nice about President Trump
    despite the lowest unemployment rate the past 17 years or so, the soaring Wall Street economic indices, a rejuvenated and now stronger US Military, a palpable earned and regained respect for the US Military by the world community of nations, decreased illegal border crossings observed since he has been president.
    Your hateful scornful disdain for the Trump persona, the Trump family and the Trump
    administration is matched only by the sheer arrogance of your misguided dumb and stupid sense of political correctness and your equally misplaced allegiance of those so-called articulate and eloquent politicians belonging to and are very much part of the corrupt detached Washington DC establishment type cabal.
    By your misdirected deeds and despicably
    hubristic display of disingenuous pronouncements, you
    imply that the 62-63 million citizens who supported Candidate Donald J. Trump during the presidential election campaign and who voted for him on November 8, 2016 have committed
    a tremendous mistake.
    According to who?
    You- biased highly partisan know-it-all
    very arrogant rank and file MSM?
    What makes you think anyone of you knows more than the Trump supporters?
    TRUTH BE TOLD, WHAT YOU HAVE SO EGGREGIOUSLY DONE IS INSULT THE COLLECTIVE WISDOM AND INTELLIGENCE OF THE 62-63 MILLION
    CITIZENS WHO CHOOSE TO VOTE FOR THE NONPOLITICIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHOSE NAME IS DONALD J. TRUMP.
    HE IS NOW PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IN CASE YOU HAVE NOT YET NOTICED OR SO ARROGANTLY CONTINUE AND STILL REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE AS THE DULY ELECTED 45TH POTUS.
    Get off your high horse and learn to get used to the hard reality that your
    presidential candidate from the Democrat Party lost the November 8, 2016 presidential election. HRC lost
    by a landslide! One battleground state after another!
    By the way, Candidate Trump was voted into the high Office of the US PRESIDENCY BY YOUR FELLOW US
    CITIZENS NOT BY THE SO-CALLED,
    “RUSSIANS”.
    GOT THAT?

  • SFENGR

    Exactly what or who is Adam Taylor and his claim to fame and knowledge of the world – such a line a BS from a dumbarse liberal who probably has never been outside CONUS!