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President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, to travel to Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, in Hawaii. Trump begins a 5 country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippians. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump expects 'great success' on his 12-day Asia trip


President Trump has added an extra day to his trek through Asia to attend a major summit there.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday confirmed that Trump will be spending an extra day in the Philippines to appear at the East Asia Summit on Nov. 14.

Trump also announced the news to reporters as he exited the White House before leaving for Hawaii as he begins his travels.

“I think we’re going to have great success,” he said of his 12-day journey through Asia, his first visit to the region as president.

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Asia experts had criticized Trump for skipping the annual summit, arguing it raised doubts about America’s commitment to and interest in Southeast Asia.

Trump had originally been scheduled to leave Manilla right as the summit got underway but will now stay for the event.

The Hill on Friday reported that Trump left for Asia Friday, where he will stop in China, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam during his travels.

The White House announced last month that Trump will meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, an event that will likely rank among the trip’s most-watched moments.

Trump also plans on huddling with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in while visiting each of their nations.

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The various meetings are expected to focus on Trump’s push to halt North Korea’s quest for nuclear weapons.

Trump is notably not visiting the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during his visit, the heavily-fortified dividing line between North and South Korea.

A senior administration official on Tuesday told The Hill that Trump would not have time to have stopped at the DMZ and complete a planned visit elsewhere.

Trump intends on visiting U.S. and South Korean troops at Camp Humphreys, a U.S. Army garrison approximately 50 miles south of Seoul.

The president’s journey through Asia comes amid rising tensions between his administration and North Korea’s government over the latter’s pursuit of nuclear arms.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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