Trump Departs On Ten-Day Diplomacy Trip To Asia

NBC News reports:

President Donald Trump embarked on the longest trip of his presidency Friday — a five-country, 10-day tour of Asia designed to strengthen diplomatic and economic partnerships while contending with North Korea’s nuclear threat.

The president heads overseas during a time of what some experts see as a decline of U.S. influence in the region and they suggest that it is unlikely that Trump will be returning home with any clear wins.

Mireya Solís, a co-director of the Brooking Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies, said she had been wondering for some time if Trump would lose attention toward the end of a very long trip aboard.

“Now, I think the question has shifted: Is he going to be distracted from the get-go?” she asked. “Are the domestic political problems going to be first and foremost in his mind? Leaders in the region are wondering how much of the attention will be on the regional issues that are so pressing.”

  • Hryflex

    Where will he play golf?

    • Stogiebear

      Hawaii, Japan, South Korea, China, Viet Nam, Philippines.

      • thatotherjean

        He does know that Hawaii is part of the United States, right?

        • Palmer

          Might not be after his visit.

    • greenmanTN

      Hopefully on an uncleared land mine field in Vietnam.

    • Tawreos

      I hear there is a lovely course right near the DMZ

      • zherazhera

        Oh, he’s not going to the border. Apparently it’s too Cliché . Also, they might shoot him there but that’s not important, only that it’s so cliché to go there.

  • Hunter M

    Oh good god! How is he going to embarrass us on this trip???

    • CanuckDon

      By stepping off the plane.

      • Tatonka

        At which point he will pull back his eyes, bow, and say “Ah so! Me velly velly happy to meet honorable Abe-san.”

        • Joe in PA

          “Puerto Rico”

          SOB.

        • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

          “Ching chong, ching chong”

          “What? I’m speaking their language!”

      • JCF

        I have ZERO doubt he can embarrass us while on board AF1.

    • Strepsi

      80% of everybody in the world fucking hates him already, and hates the U.S. for electing him, so it’s almost past embarrassment now

      • Todd20036

        Hell, I’m an American, and I hate the US for electing him.

        • David Kerlick

          I hate the Electoral College for electing him with 2.9M fewer votes. Vacant Wyoming gets 3-4 times as many votes for President per capita as does urban states.

      • AlternativeQuacks

        There is a poll out today that 90% of the French have a negative view of Trump, which makes him the most unpopular leader in the world among the French, even lower than Putin. That’s really an achievement on Trump’s part when you consider that 1/3 of them voted for Marine Le Pen.

    • Tulle Christensen

      You have to ask? Of course he will

      • David Walker

        Yes, but in what new and creative ways? As a veteran TV producer, the fucking moron should know not to repeat previous embarrassments. That’s poor programming. He and his staff are hard at work coming up with new things to try, new ways to restore “ugly American” as a fact of life, and symbolic gestures like trying to eat with chopsticks…because it worked so well with the taco bowl.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Saw a report that said Ivanka already left ? What the hell is she doing there ??

    • TrueWords
      • Taylor Bixler

        to an empty room apparently. Biggest Japanese audience ever. PERIOD!
        https://twitter.com/annafifield/status/926238407382122496

        • No, it was totally sold out. Standing-room only! The ‘fake news’ media is lying to you about that and showing dishonest photos!

          (Am I doing it right?)

          • 2patricius2

            She had the biggest crowd ever. Hundreds of millions. No one ever had such crowds.

          • Snarkaholic

            “That’s the ‘crowd’ from Crookedpresidenthillary’s inauguration…mine was way bigger!” ~Chump, probably

        • medaka

          This, where we have women-only train cars because groping, and her daddy is President Fucking Moron, Harasser-in-Chief.

          • Taylor Bixler

            Who wants to bang his daughter…

          • RoFaWh

            You left out an important adverb: “again.”

        • Uncle Mark

          She probably looked like Clint Eastwood talking to empty chairs

        • Boreal

          There were wonderful people there. The best people, the biggest crowds.

    • 2patricius2

      Getting out of town before the feds go after her…..

    • pj

      shopping

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Checking up on her slave labor

        • medaka

          That’ll have to wait until Jina.

        • Snarkaholic

          Five dollars went missing in the main factory…and she’s NOT leaving until it’s found!!!

    • Strepsi

      maybe checking in on the Asian factories where the MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN merchandise is made.

    • Willys41

      She gave a speech to a lot of empty seats.

  • Rex

    His first stop will be a golf course.

  • Well, this should be good. And by ‘good’ I mean ‘horrible and embarrassing’, of course.

  • Kelly Lape

    The idea of Trump going to the Philippines and meeting with Duterte is frightening. The two of them separate are horrible together can only mean trouble.

    • Willys41

      Possibly the birth of the Anti-Christ.

  • Rex

    “Designed to strengthen diplomatic and economic partnerships”
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  • olandp

    Perhaps he could “fall out of” AF1 over the Pacific. I hear it is big water, ocean water.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Why do you hate innocent fish and marine life? Why??

      • Butch

        The problem is that if there’s any sort of accident there will be a GOP frenzy to name stuff after the fallen preznit. I can’t stomach the thought of Trump International Airport.

  • TrueWords
  • Paul (A.)

    So little Donny is finally going to get sent to Vietnam.

  • Snownova

    Here’s hoping there will be a squad of FBI agents waiting for him at the airport when he gets back!

    • Leo Tallant

      Here’s to hoping he knows that and just won’t come back at all. Ever.

  • Taylor Bixler
  • William

    Trump finally goes to Vietnam.

  • Boreal

    Ok Mueller, now would be a good time to indict Jared and Don Jr.

    • medaka

      I wonder who the four really are….

      • Boreal

        Hoping at least one is shitgibbon jr.

        • medaka

          I’d swap him for Jared. That shitbag has no soul.

          • Boreal

            I think Shitgibbon jr would make shitgibbon senior go apoplectic.

          • medaka

            Okay, you WIN! I’ll take apoplexy for a million, Jay!

      • RaygunsGoZap

        Clovis
        Page
        Flynn
        Flynn Jr

        They’re gonna wait to get DJr and Kushner. Let them soak in it!

    • Cattleya1

      OK by me – I’m sure Another_Steve would be willing to take on guard duty.

  • Mark McGovern

    Is not the name “Trump” and the word “Diplomacy” in once sentence an oxymoron of the highest possible magnitude?

    • KCMC

      special kind of shadow diplomacy. Compare and contrast.
      https://twitter.com/riotwomennn/status/926433855934025728

      • Chanel5

        Wow. That picture is definitely worth a thousand words. The vile look of hate on his face.

        • RoFaWh

          That photo makes one thing certain: Trump fucking hates Hillary Clinton.

      • Bryan

        Even his jowls are frowning.

  • Stogiebear

    “Diplomacy trip”

    Yeah, right. Down here in Texas we call that a golf vacation.

    • My sister and I went to Beijing in 2007. I think our trip was probably more ‘diplomatic’ than this, and we were tourists.

    • Bluto

      dotard is scheduled to golf with Shinzo Abe. “Hey Shins, why are your trees so small? sad.”

  • ColdCountry

    Trump. Diplomacy. This should go well.
    “Is he going to be distracted from the get-go?” Of course he is. If they aren’t talking about him, and they won’t be, why would he pay attention?

  • greenmanTN
  • worstcultever

    Asian countries: Ok, the senile USA joke dotard is coming here for a visit. Humor his grandiose childish ass, it’ll be over quickly and nothing he says or does means anything.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Bye Felicia!
    You don’t come back now, you hear!

  • Tawreos

    Is sending him that close to North Korea a good idea?

    • Phil2u

      YES! YES! Assassins exist!

  • 2patricius2

    “Mireya Solís, a co-director of the Brooking Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies, said she had been wondering for some time if Trump would lose attention toward the end of a very long trip aboard.”

    Will he have any attention at all even at the beginning of the trip?

    • worstcultever

      He’ll have his Big Macs, KFC, comfort woman Hope Hicks, and Fox News. All presidenting systems go!

  • GayOldLady

    This would be a nice time for Bob Mueller to indict a few more co-conspirators.

    In the near future look for Mueller to indict and charge:
    Michael Flynn
    Michael Flynn, Jr.
    Felix Sater
    Roger Stone
    Boris Ephystein

    • Refugay

      I want T Jr. in that list.

      • GayOldLady

        I believe Trump Jr, Jared and Ivanka will be among the last to be indicted. D. Trump Jr and Jared will be indicted for Obstruction of Justice, possibly collusion with Russian in a quid pro quo scheme and RICO charges related to DJT’s many businesses. Ivanka will be indicted on RICO charges IF someone doesn’t roll to get her off.

        • …someone leaked my Christmas wish list to you, didn’t they?

        • worstcultever

          I love Mueller and Schneiderman sealing up all the exits together.

    • Tawreos

      I’d settle for Stone and the Flynn’s, that should hit close to home for him.

    • canoebum

      …and Jeff Sessions, for perjury.

    • AlternativeQuacks

      According to some Mueller-watchers (I think Seth Abramson was one of them), the fact that Flynn was not indicted on the same day as Manafort and Gates is virtual proof that Flynn flipped and has been cooperating. According to him, Mueller already has much of the same evidence to indict Flynn on several of the same crimes that the other two were indicted on, and the only explanation for not indicting him would be that he made a deal.

    • Bryan

      Anything to get Boris off tv.
      He thinks he’s a newscaster now! It’s bad.

  • djcoastermark

    Good, at least another part of the world gets to deal with him for a while. I’m so sorry to all the people in those countries. Please accept our apologies.

  • PickyPecker

    Target in sights. Awaiting instructions.
    https://i.imgur.com/7Ilc20v.gif

    • Tawreos

      That chicken knows how to glide.

    • worstcultever

      Picky saves the world!

    • Rex

      Sorry, we ran out of peanuts on this flight, here’s an egg.

    • KCMC
    • Joe in PA

      Hey wait a sec, did you notice that in one of those frames, chicken was facing the WRONG WAY! We are doomed.

      This is like when they realize that “Toonces the cat” can’t drive and they go off a cliff! 🙂

      • Tawreos

        Relax, that is one hyper talented chicken we have there.

      • RaygunsGoZap

        Remember the Thanksgiving Turkey Drop on WKRP in Cincinnati? OMG – that was one of the most gut-splitting laughs ever.

        What do you mean they can’t fly? They’re birds!

        • Joe in PA

          LOL, unfortunately the only thing I truly remember about that show is the super-tight pants of one of the main characters. Oh and Lonny Anderson’s sweaters (for different reasons). 🙂

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Why is there a cock in the cockpit?

    • Avenger280

      Picky to the rescue!!!

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      And they say, chickens can’t fly.

  • Strepsi

    A diplomacy trip? What’s the worst that could happen?
    .
    .
    https://media.giphy.com/media/HhTXt43pk1I1W/giphy.gif

    • Tawreos

      Just one? What has you so optimistic?

    • Tulle Christensen

      I am sure he will not nuke North Korea until he returns.

      • Strepsi

        or wherever he is when Mueller’s warrant drops

  • Bluto
  • another_steve

    Might there be something like a Bermuda Triangle out there, in that part of the world?

    Pleeeeze….

    • William

      There is the The Great Pacific garbage patch, Trump would be a good addition.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_garbage_patch

      • another_steve

        Lol.

        To lump Donald Trump in with marine debris would be an insult to the latter.

        • thatotherjean

          I’m inclined to think that “huge mass of plastic trash” fits him pretty well.

        • Falconlights

          You took the keystrokes right out of my fingers,

      • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

        He’d think it’s an exclusive luxury resort and buy it.

        He’d declare bankruptcy again and his creditors would seize it and remove it.

        So, win-win.

        • Falconlights

          LOL

    • Gustav2

      Someone could push him into the DMZ

      • medaka

        I’d settle for down the stairs of AF1.

      • another_steve

        “I never knew there was so much tension in this part of the world. Could someone please call emergency services and get me out of here?”

    • Falconlights

      There’s the Dragon’s Triangle.

  • Tatonka

    Psst. You guys, let’s all move while he’s gone, so nobody’s here when he gets back.

    • carrot festival

      The Trumpture?

      • RaygunsGoZap

        The Trumpture of The Crass! That’s when all the deplorables are swept up into the Great Wal-Mart in the sky.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Hmmmm . . . that’s a decent bit of air space over the North China Sea from South Korea to Beijing. Hope no rogue nation decides to launch an anti aircraft missile at AF1. That plane cost us all of ton of tax money.

    • William

      Boeing can always build another.

  • Tulle Christensen

    So is he stopping in Hawaii to personally see if Obama’s birth certificate is fake?

  • Willys41

    A decline of US influence in the region? You mean the “region” known as planet Earth, right?

  • Jeffrey

    He will bring new levels of embarrassment to our country while he’s there. Just be prepared.

    • canoebum

      I feel sorry for the Japanese who will have to endure his boorish mannerisms, gloating self-aggrandizement, idiotic ideas and stupid comments; the distilled essence of the clueless gaijin.

      • Jeffrey

        He is the opposite of all things Japanese. You are correct.

  • Henry Auvil

    I wonder which leader he’ll throw up on.

  • Taylor Bixler

    Will he be visiting one of the Chinese factories where Ivanka’s crap is made?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gcrslYP5-A

    • William

      Management will allow him to beat an employee.

  • Gustav2

    Trump screwed up the Trans-Pacific Partnership and now wants to do economic deals? LOL Yeah, they will trust him.

    • Tawreos

      Not to mention pulling out of the Paris accords and trying to scuttle the Iran deal

  • alc2018
  • skyweaver

    “A Ten-Day Diplomacy Trip” used to be the president going over and using the power of his office to strengthen ties. This trip is the reverse surely, as in “this guy is such a fuck up we’re hoping someone will be nice to us”

  • sfjohn

    …diplomacy…..lol…

  • Bj Lincoln

    Is it wrong to hope he falls out of the sky over all that water?

    • another_steve

      Beat ya to the thought, gurl.

      Bermuda Triangle.

    • Jonathan Smith

      not if more than half the country agrees with you.

    • boatboy_srq

      Maybe a DPRK provocative interception of AF1?

  • Bluto
  • alc2018
  • Bambino

    Somewhere Kim Jong-un is rubbing his tiny palms exclaiming ” Excellence!”

  • The_Wretched

    I’m fully expecting we’ll have daily stories of him directly embarrassing the nation daily over there.

    • Jonathan Smith

      so. same shit, different continent?

    • Taylor Bixler

      Daily? I am betting on hourly, particularly if someone can’t rip his phone out of his tiny little hands.

    • Tulle Christensen

      I predict he will say something stupid about him not killing any Vietnamese because of his bone spurs

    • boatboy_srq

      Daily? Hourly.

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    I hope the Japanese prepare him a special sushi dinner that’s been stored a couple of days at room temparature.

  • AJ Drew

    10 days in Asia? wth will he eat? The folks planning the formal dinners must be scrambling to figure out how to sneak in a Big Mac and make it look elegant.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Load up on steak and ketchup in the hotel room, then politely pick at the local offerings.

      • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

        With gold flatware.

    • JohnJay

      Just remember, whatever you do… HE GETS TWO SCOOPS.

      • RoFaWh

        I hope they make them very tiny scoops.

    • DaMoldBrok

      Actually, K(entucky)F(ake)C(hicken) and McBarfs is found all over the world. (also, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts, Booger King, Raped Lobster, Outback, and others. Yes we are spreading our idea of food all over the world, it’s sad)

      I know, disgusting, right! The Chinese have been in freak out mode for several years, the X Gen is taller than any other generation in their history, it’s believed to be caused by McBarfs and it’s ingredients. The normal diet for that part of the world was fish, lamb/goat, fowl and rice. Beef, and all the un-natural ingredients that we add to it, was not really a staple to their diet, they have water buffalo, which is not every edible, shoe leather would be comparable to filet mignon over that beast of burden.

  • Frostbite

    Wait, do they have Twitter in those countries? /s

    • Rex

      Or Fox News?

  • Natty Enquirer

    “Is he going to be distracted?” The answer to that question is always “yes.”

  • Karl Dubhe
    • another_steve

      Lol. This has to be from “The Onion.” Just has to be…

      “These animals need counseling, because probably they have been influenced by gays who have gone to the national parks and behaved badly,” Ezekiel Mutua, the chief executive of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), told Nairobi News.”

      • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

        It’s Kenya, so it’s quite likely that’s a serious statement. American evangeligals have made trips there to further poison the country.

      • Pip

        Honestly wouldn’t be surprised if they find them and kill them. He’s already throwing out that they could be possessed by demons.

    • Rex

      The Lion Queens.

  • Maybe Trump will apply for asylum while he is in the Philippines, if the Russia indictments creep high enough . . .

  • Sporkfighter

    “Trump Departs On Ten-Day Diplomacy Trip To Asia”

    Fuckin’ A . . . who can use Trump and diplomacy in the same sentence and keep a straight face? I’m retching as I type this.

  • Silver Badger

    Great. Now we will be at war with Asia. I wonder which side Hawaii will be on?

  • AlternativeQuacks

    I saw this in a European website today. At first, I thought it was a spoof picture that they made up to go with the article, but it turns out this is from a real tourist attraction in Liaoning.

    They were overly generous with the size of the hands, IMO.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bcdbafca9f97fb342cd99c4837fc096b277416a980d74e16a0c12c115cc46499.jpg

    • boatboy_srq

      Bigger hands on the effigy mean Jyna gets less derision from Lord Dampnut.

    • alc2018

      gotta push out the overhanging the belt belly fat and add a touch more spray-on grey-blond to the eyebrows otherwise its a winner

  • Renfield

    Maybe North Korea can test one of their missiles about now?

  • Paula

    Trump is gracing these countries with his presence….
    Oh yeah, and costing them about $100 million in security fees all together.

  • boatboy_srq

    More importantly, with cleanup and recovery from multiple named storms and multiple catastrophic fires all still underway, and with the recent NYC incident, is a ten day jaunt totally unrelated to all that activity in the nation’s best interest? This trip sounds like something better rescheduled, and a real leader would either make that call or have someone qualified to lead the recovery standing in for him/her. Lord Dampnut is not that leader and his minions are worse than useless, so we’re unlikely to see anything worthwhile; but this is the question that should be asked, not whether or how soon the Infant-In-Chief will be distracted by the next shiny object.

  • andrew

    Trump and diplomacy. LOL.

  • Avenger280

    Hoping Ivanka, Jared, Erik & Jr are with him and they go down right around that ginormous debris mass. Karma will be laughing her ass off if they wound up stranded on a eternally floating Gilligan’s Island of garbage LOL

    • Avenger280

      Crap, I’m having too much fun with this:
      John Kelly – The Skipper
      Shitgibbon and Melania – The Howells
      Erik – Gilligan
      Ivanka – Ginger
      Jared – The Professor (barely)
      Hope Hicks – Mary Ann

  • Rebecca Gardner

    It’s very difficult for me to see “Diplomacy” in the same sentence as “Trump.”

  • JaniceInToronto

    Maybe one of those countries could keep him. That would be very nice indeed.

  • Daveed_WOW

    Maybe he’ll get kidnapped in North Korea. Tee Hee.

  • doninkansas

    He shopping for a place to seek asylum? I hear he may be meeting up with butt buddy, Vlad the Impaler.

  • DesertSun59

    He will screw this up.
    He will then lie about the screw ups.
    Then he will Twitter-attack anyone who calls him out on the screw up or the lie.

    We’ve seen this story ad nauseum since he was inaugurated.

  • thatotherjean

    Great. There’s another huge chunk of the world that won’t be speaking to us by the time he gets back, but who will know we’re utter patsies around experienced diplomats. We’re so screwed. How soon can we get rid of these idiots?

  • Treant

    Maybe China will throw him in jail for some reason and not let him go? Please?

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    I notice the slight overfly of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea, I do hope Kim does not miss this big chance.

  • R W C

    Whereas Ivanka Trump is on the advance team for this trip and on her spring visit to the region she secured multiple Chinese trademarks and Japanese licensing, does “economic development” mean enriching her brand’s relationships?

    • R W C

      Fortune cookie says: “Wealth awaits you very soon.”

    • katkelly57

      Wondering if she secured a deal w/Sanrio for that Hello, Ivanka doll.

      • R W C

        Fortune cookie says: “A dream you have will come true.”

        • katkelly57

          Fortune cookie says: “Don’t buy a damned thing with the Trump name on it!”

          • Falconlights

            That’s one smart cookie!

          • katkelly57

            ;p

  • Talisman
  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    Dear God, please don’t let him refer to Xi Jinping as “President Zhu Zhu Pet.”

  • Mb

    tRump and diplomacy in the same sentence?

  • katkelly57

    Lemme fix that headline….
    Trump departs on 10 day shit storm tour….

  • Albert Ross

    Quick! CHANGE THE LOCKS!!!!

  • kevin000

    Joe you got the headline wrong. It’s a ten day disaster trip.

  • Waarki

    I’ve heard they’ve prepared a special delicacy for Trump upon his arrival to Japan https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd13b5aa64659fd42a2cadc370b0426dac732e68a252fc6d39d3205e82e1acac.jpg

    • coram nobis

      His press secretary?

      • RoFaWh

        She’s so poisonous that no part of her can be eaten. Including her “kitty cat”.

  • Halou

    Will “good guy” Duterte be returning with him? After all, Trump wants to have him over for tea and a quick ‘How To’ for tyrants.

  • Waarki
  • JWC

    Gee Just thinking ..Isn’t the same area where MH 370 went missing

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      I actually posted a hope and desire for same.

  • David Kerlick

    Will he be making deals for golf courses?

  • yes b’y
  • Friday

    So, going to hide from the investigation by screwing up yet more foreign policy?

  • colin payne

    What? AF One can’t make it non-stop to Korea? Or does 45 need a day of golfing before crossing the international date line? I guess if golf in Hawai’i was okay for President Obama, 45 thinks it must be okay for the Orange Tweeter.

  • Steve Smith

    Change the locks. Don’t let him back in.

  • Mikey

    Trump… diplomacy… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *breathe* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Gianni

      😀 It’s an oxymoron of the highest order.

  • Steve Smith

    is he planning to throw paper towels in every country he visits?

  • Keith D Plane

    I hope someone over there keeps him

  • Kyle Deetz

    But can Trump even spell diplomacy?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Is it wrong that I want Air Force One to have a Malaysia Airline moment?

  • Dunkerblinker

    Hmm are his travel plans being translated into korean??

  • BobSF_94117

    NBC News seems blissfully unaware that it is Trump himself who is responsible for the U.S.’s diminished influence in Asia. It’s his fucking policy, you numbskulls.

  • BobSF_94117

    He may be taking a 10-day trip, but it will have little to do with diplomacy.

  • Blobby

    Diplomacy! STOP!!!!!! you’re killing me!

  • Gianni

    Remember, Donnie, North Korea is part of Asia and I’m sure Kim Jong Un would love to see and greet you in his office. Perhaps for an extended visit?

  • sandollar_man

    He’s gonna walk up to the Great Wall and claim that HE built it.
    Then our embarrassment will be able to be seen from space.

  • SDG

    Now let’s see how he fucks this one up.