“We’re actually staying an extra day in the Philippines, we have a big conference, a second conference,” Trump told reporters during a flight to Hawaii on Air Force One on Friday. “And I think we’re going to have great success.”
The president added that he had planned to spend that extra day at the end of his trip in Hawaii, but later changed his mind, according to a press pool report.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson originally planned to attend the East Asia Summit, in lieu of Trump. The summit is viewed as the primary event for issues concerning East Asia, and some critics were concerned that Trump’s absence indicated he was not as committed to East Asian issues as former President Barack Obama, who joined the summit in 2011 and attended each year except in 2013 during the government shutdown.
Trump is also scheduled to attend an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Vietnam and a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the Philippines.
Trump will be visiting Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines as part of his 13 day trip – the longest trip a president has taken since President George H.W. Bush’s 12 day Asia trip in 1991.