Well, it’s anyone’s guess what President Donald Trump has lurking up his sleeve since he hinted Sunday about a “major” announcement on trade, and even North Korea, upon his return from his 12-day, five-country tour of Asia.
According to ABC News, Trump said that he would be making the statement from the White House on Wednesday.
“It will be a very complete statement as to trade, as to North Korea, as to a lot of other things,” Trump said at a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Earlier in the week, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump would announce at the “end of the trip” his decision on whether or not to officially re-list North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.
An administration official said Monday that a recommendation had been formally presented to the president and he was considering it.
“We’ve made some very big steps with respect to trade, far bigger than anything you know, in addition to about $300 billion in sales to various companies, including China,” he added at the meeting with Turnbull and Abe. “We have deficits with almost everybody. Those deficits are going to be cut very quickly and very substantially.”
Of course, not one to pass up an opportunity to pat himself on the back, Trump declared his tour of Asia “has been a very fruitful trip for us, and also in all fairness, for a lot of other nations.”
“The way they’ve treated us—the respect that Japan and China and South Korea, in particular, because we went there, treated us—has been really a great respect to our country, to the people of the United States,” he said.
The apparent reception that Trump received also seems to have bolstered his
ego sense of success as he was wined and dined with three official state visits and attended two major economic summits.
“Red carpet like I think probably nobody has ever received,” Trump said of his welcome. “That really is a sense of respect, perhaps for me a little bit, but really for our country, and I’m very proud of that.”
Read more at ABC News.