Podcast: Trump’s Trip to Hawaii and Asia

Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, April 2017

As Donald Trump set off on Friday for a 12-day tour of Hawaii and Asia, I spoke with Monocle 24’s The Briefing about the motives and prospects for the trip.

Looking beyond Trump’s hope for a PR boost amid domestic problems such as the Trump-Russia investigation and the failure to pass major legislation, I offer the summary that US officials are just hoping that nothing goes disastrously wrong — from an encounter with protesters as Trump looks for military glory in Hawaii, to a provocative statement over the North Korean crisis during stays in Japan and South Korea, to a misstep as he is flattered by Chinese leaders.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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