President Donald Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning that his five-nation Asia tour has sent a message to the world that U.S. now operates by different rules on trade policy.
“After my tour of Asia, all Countries dealing with us on TRADE know that the rules have changed,” the president wrote on Twitter. “The United States has to be treated fairly and in a reciprocal fashion. The massive TRADE deficits must go down quickly!”
Trump was tweeting from the Philippines, his fifth stop after Japan, South Korea, China, and Vietnam. He was headed back to the United States later Tuesday.
He followed that tweet with another trade-themed one: "Just arrived at #ASEAN50 in the Philippines for my final stop with World Leaders. Will lead to FAIR TRADE DEALS, unlike the horror shows from past Administrations. Will then be leaving for D.C. Made many good friends!"
Trump promised Sunday that he would be making a big announcement about trade at the White House on Wednesday. Thus far, his biggest trade move was following through on his campaign promise and removing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement negotiated during President Barack Obama’s tenure.
Trump also welcomed the return of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to the Senate. Paul had been away from Washington as he recovered from an assault allegedly by his neighbor, which broke six of his ribs. Paul is viewed as a key vote on tax reform, which Trump is expected to focus on even more when he returns home.
"Great to see @RandPaul looking well and back on the Senate floor," Trump tweeted. "He will help us with TAX CUTS and REFORM!"