President Trump will not visit the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea during his longest overseas trip since taking office, a 12-day swing through five Asian countries.
Trump will depart Friday for the extensive diplomatic tour, which his administration sees as an opportunity to put additional pressure on North Korea and urge China to abandon what it considers to be unfair trade and industrial practices.
A senior administration official confirmed Tuesday that, despite previous reports suggesting he might, Trump will not go to the DMZ. The official said Trump's visit represents "a continuation of the president's extensive diplomatic engagement with leaders in the Indo-Pacific region."
Trump is the first president since George H.W. Bush to spend nearly two consecutive weeks in the region.
"This trip is going to be President Trump's longest to date," the official added, saying much of the dialogue between Trump and his foreign counterparts will focus on "the importance of robust economic engagement."
Friday, Nov. 3: Departs Washington for Oahu, Hawaii
- Receives briefing from U.S. Pacific Command
- Visits the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii
Sunday, Nov. 5: Japan
- Speaks to American military personnel based in Japan
- Plays a round of golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
- Participates in a state call with the Japanese imperial family and bilateral meetings with Abe
Monday, Nov. 6: Japan
- Meets with families of Japanese citizens who have been abducted in North Korea
- Attends a banquet with Abe
Tuesday, Nov. 7: South Korea
- Visits with U.S. forces and South Korean military personnel
- Attends a state dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-in
Wednesday, Nov. 8-9: South Korea, China
- Delivers remarks at the National Assembly Building in Seoul
- Visits Seoul's national cemetery
- Arrives in Beijing for bilateral, commercial and cultural events with Chinese President Xi Jinping, joined by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
Friday, Nov. 10: Vietnam
- Delivers speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Danang
- Participates in bilateral meetings at APEC
Saturday, Nov. 11: Vietnam
- Travels to Hanoi for state visit and bilateral meetings with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang
Sunday, Nov. 12: Philippines
- Participates in special gala to mark the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
- Meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and other foreign leaders
Monday, Nov. 13: Returns to Washington