Trump asked for Xi's help in UCLA players' shoplifting case in China

Lester Mason
November 14, 2017

The State Department typically takes the lead on cases involving U.S. citizens who are arrested overseas, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing is aware of the case, officials said. For other leaders across Asia, however, Trump's go-it-alone instincts must have represented a puzzling departure from his predecessors, who were - to varying degrees - standard bearers of multilateralism, democracy and human rights.

He has hinted that the US may relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Certainly, U.S. trade deficits there have been enormous for a long time.

NPR: Shaky U.S. Although there were few weighty deliverables from Trump's tour, for Asian nations looking nervously at China's increasing assertiveness, it may be welcomed as a sign that his administration is still committed to the region.

Clyde Prestowitz, founder and president of the Economic Strategy Institute.

"Instead of speaking sternly and truthfully to the Chinese leaders about the realities of our imbalanced and unfair trade system, where we play by the rules, and they do not - we lose jobs, they gain them - President Trump tried to appease the Chinese and their leader", he said. "South Korea was able to rest assured regarding its partnership with the United States", the official said. And that's a good thing that we get along. "The most important deliverable is that we can send an nearly identical message to the world that we share an identical strategy", a Japanese government official said. But one thing they seemed to learn was that he responds well to a lavish reception.

"It was red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably ever seen", he said.

"After Trump raised the matter, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players are treated fairly and expeditiously, said a USA official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation", the Post reported.

Trump was asked about whether he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when he says he did not meddle in the 2016 U.S. election. "Do not underestimate us". Trump replied, "I hope so. hope so". And then he tacked back toward diplomacy.

John Brennan, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama, responded to Trump's weekend tweets praising Russian Federation and China and other comments about those nations' leaders as a demonstration "to Mr. Putin that Donald Trump can be played by foreign leaders who are going to appeal to his ego and to try to play upon his insecurities, which is very, very worrisome from a national-security standpoint".

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