President Donald Trump arrived back at the White House on Nov. 14, following a grueling 13-day diplomatic tour of Asia.
Trump declared the trip “tremendously successful,” notes the Daily Mail. “I think the fruits of our labor are going to be incredible, whether it’s the security of our nations, whether it’s security of the world or whether it’s trade.”
But he arrived home having achieved no specific accomplishments, the Daily Mail observed.
Trump promised a “major statement” on the trip’s achievements at the White House this week, but the White House did not provide any advance details.
The trip was a “flop” according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “He seemed far more interested in pomp and circumstance — red carpets, fancy meals, and the flattery of foreign leaders — than advancing American interests in a region that is increasingly looking to China for leadership,” said Schumer.
Instead of pressing hard for better trade deals with Japan and China, he seemed reluctant to take a confrontational stance. In Beijing, he even said he doesn’t “blame China” for the growing trade gap between the U.S. and that country.
He hinted at easing tensions with North Korea, but couldn’t resist making fun of Kim Jong-un, saying that he is “short and fat.”
Some Daily Mail readers thought Trump didn’t look so good, either, upon his return home from the trip.
“My God he is getting huge!!!” wrote one commenter.
Another chimed in: “Fattest president after Taft and rapidly gaining on him.”
“Look at the state of him, a fat, bloated old codger with a comb over,” said another, while also expressing sympathy for the first lady. “Poor, poor Melania.”
One person accused Trump of being stoned. “The guy looked like he has been smoking something while on his Asia trip to the Philippines. He looked out of this world with all those drugs down his throat.”
Another commenter, who referred to the president as “Old baldy,” observed that Trump “looks a tad frazzled,” concluding that “the pace is way too much for him.”
Prior to leaving for the trip, the 71-year-old Trump said the length of the journey would not be an issue for him, CNN reported. “It is grueling, they tell me. But fortunately, historically that has not been a problem for me,” he said. “I’ll let you know if I don’t stay fresh. If I don’t stay fresh, you’ll be the first to tell me.”
The president’s tour began in Japan on Nov. 4, followed by stops in South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.