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The President of the United States is set to embark on his longest world tour since taking office.
Here's what he's had to say about the Asian countries he is about to visit.
The tour will last for 12 days, and includes some of the countries that Trump has repeatedly accused of 'ripping off' the United States.
In an interview with the New York Times in 2016, Trump said:
We [The US] were the big bully, but we were not smartly led.
And we were the big bully who was — the big stupid bully and we were systematically ripped off by everybody.
From China to Japan to South Korea to the Middle East.
President Trump began his trip in Japan, in which he landed on Sunday.
Speaking at campaign event in Iowa in 2016, Trump complained about the Japanese constitution, which forbids the country from using force unless as an act of defence.
You know we have a treaty with Japan, where if Japan is attacked, we have to use the full force and might of the United States,
If we're attacked, Japan doesn't have to do anything.
They can sit home and watch Sony television, OK?
Prior to this he accused the country of 'currency manipulation'.
According to his biographer Harry Hurt III, when Trump visited in the 1990s as a private citizen, he allegedly complained that he was 'not going to eat any f***ing raw fish' and claimed that Michael Jackson would be flying there with him, to the disappointment of the Japanese media.
The President has criticised China on Twitter for having 'done little to help' with North Korea.
As with Japan, Trump has also accused China of currency manipulation. While praising their economic growth, he has also repeatedly made the case that China's success is at the expense of 'ripped off' American workers.
Speaking to the New York Times in March 2016 Trump commented,
I like China very much, I like Chinese people.
I respect the Chinese leaders, but you know China's been taking advantage of us for many, many years and we can't allow it to go on
And there was the time the Trump team mistakenly referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as also being the president of Taiwan.
In fact, he has spoken about China, in various tones of either grudging praise or defiance, many, many times:
There was the time in the 1980s when Donald Trump said avoiding getting an STD was his 'personal Vietnam', in reference to the 19-year-long war in which 58,318 American soldiers were killed, and the number of women he had slept with in his life.
President Trump has actually been quite complimentary about the leader of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte for 'doing a great job' with the country's drug problem.
Duterte has previously bragged about personally executing criminals, and Trump has previously promised to bring up human rights abuses with the leader.
In August 2016, speaking in Portland, Maine, Donald Trump spoke to a rally about immigrants from, among other places, the Philippines, referring to them as 'animals'.
Agence France-Presse quoted the then Republican nominee as telling the assembled crowd:
We are letting people come in from terrorist nations that shouldn’t be allowed because you can’t vet them...We’re dealing with animals.
When he referred to 'Korea' as once being a part of China.
[We] went into the history of China and Korea … and you know, you’re talking about thousands of years … and many wars.
And Korea actually used to be a part of China.
This suggestion is considered deeply offensive by many living on the Korean peninsular, for merging their culture into that of China.
There is also, all the times he argued they have not been paying their fair share for living next door to North Korea.
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