WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump hit back at critics of his recent Asia trip and vowed a global campaign of “maximum pressure” on North Korea Wednesday, warning Pyongyang will not subject the world to “nuclear blackmail”, reports AFP.
Defending an almost two week trip to Asia that was long on pomp but—critics say—short on achievements, Trump said he had successfully galvanized opposition to North Korean proliferation.
“I made clear that we will not allow this twisted dictatorship to hold the world hostage to nuclear blackmail,” Trump said in a televised statement a day after returning from the marathon trip.
During a 25 minute address, Trump repeatedly reached for a bottle of water and appeared worn by the long journey that took in Hawaii, South Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Always keen to garner praise and lift up examples of others showing him respect, Trump said the red carpet rolled out for him in Asia showed that “America is back.”
“Everywhere we went, our foreign hosts greeted the American delegation and myself included with incredible warmth and hospitality and most importantly respect,” he said.
Trump and his supporters are fighting a rearguard action against suggestions that the trip was a failure.