Trump cuts short Asia tour

Trump cuts short Asia tour

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US President Donald Trump has again raised doubts about his country's commitment to the region by opting abruptly to skip a full session of an Asian summit and head home, according to the South China Morning Post. Trump had been expected wrap up his marathon 12-day regional tour by attending the main session of on Tuesday. But Trump abruptly left for home from the Philippines after a lunch with other state leaders the East Asia Summit because meetings were running about two hours late. Rex Tillerson will attend the main session in his place. Xu Liping, a Southeast Asia specialist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said Trump probably skipped the summit because he did not think the US could benefit from close ties with the Southeast Asian nations represented at the gathering.  "It was a practical step for Trump," Xu said. "Now there is a big question mark over his attendance at future meetings of Asean."