President Trump has been touring Asia this week, and on Saturday, he made two stops in Vietnam.
Early in the day, he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, before traveling to the nation’s capital, Hanoi, for a state dinner in his honor.
The Daily Mail is now reporting that Trump “had a tough time staying focused” during the banquet in Hanoi, writing:
‘A sleepy-looking Trump opened and closed his eyes repeatedly during his host’s toast, a set of dry remarks that had to be translated bit by bit for him from Vietnamese to English.’
Check out images of Trump at the dinner below.
Trump, following Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang’s remarks, offered his own, saying:
‘We have come a long way, the United States and Vietnam. We’ve seen it from both sides of the picture, and this is the pleasant side.’
It’s worth noting here that Trump has his own testy part in the United States’ relationship with Vietnam; he evaded the draft during the Vietnam War by making dubious claims of being afflicted with bone spurs, and he’s been loudly critical of Arizona GOP Senator John McCain’s military service in Vietnam, where he was held for some time as a Prisoner of War.
Not only that, but Trump has disrespected the service of American military members as a whole in Vietnam, quipping at one point that his “personal Vietnam” consisted of evading STDs.
The president attempted to flatter the Vietnamese in his own remarks, saying, as The Daily Mail reports:
‘You are doing a spectacular job, your people are doing a spectacular job, and in the United States likewise we are doing very, very well… I toured Vietnam today. I was through the streets of Hanoi, and it’s incredible to see, incredible to watch, and it’s truly one of the great marvels. It really is something to behold. I would like to congratulate the people of Vietnam; I would like to congratulate you, Mr. President, on an outstanding job.’
Trump also remarked to the Vietnamese who were present about a typhoon that recently swept through the area and killed 100 people, acting as though he’s in any position to speak about such a thing.
Following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Trump decided to spend more time fighting with the mayor of San Juan on Twitter than actually pushing for relief efforts for Puerto Ricans.
The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, pushed back hard against Trump and the rest of his team’s inaction and dismissal of the seriousness of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Earlier on Saturday, Trump attended, as mentioned, an economic summit in Vietnam.
At that summit, Trump spoke briefly with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and he came away insisting that Putin should be believed in his denials of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
After Vietnam, Trump is set to attend an economic summit in the Philippines as the last stop of his overseas trip.
He’s set to come back home to a still-mounting investigation into his team, with his former campaign manager and a longtime associate of his having both recently been indicted on money laundering charges.
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