November 10, 2017
President Trump addressed trade and economic growth at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Vietnam.
While in Da Nang Friday, the president re-affirmed the partnership between the U.S. and Vietnam.
He also emphasized the long history of trade between America and the region, referencing the first American ships to sail to China in 1784.
The president then touched on the importance of fair trade practices in the Indo-Pacific region, adding the U.S. has been treated unfairly for far too long.
“When the United States enters into a trading relationship with other countries, or other peoples, we will from now on, expect that our partners will faithfully follow the rules, just like we do,” stated President Trump. “We expect that markets will be open to an equal degree on both sides.”
He also stressed the willingness to strive for a free and open Indo-Pacific region, but reaffirmed his commitment to put America first.
Meanwhile, the White House has confirmed the president will not meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vietnam because of scheduling issues.