Trump says ASEAN to benefit from America’s gains

US President Donald Trump congratulates Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for his hosting of the 31st ASEAN Summit. PNA Photo

UNITED States President Donald Trump told delegates to the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila that the great strides being made by American under his administration will augur well for ASEAN member-countries like the Philippines.

Trump said during his opening statement at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) that since the US elections in November 2016, America has been “moving ahead really brilliantly.”

“We have the highest stock market we’ve ever had, we have the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, the value of stock has risen at 5.5 trillion dollars, and companies are moving into the United States, a lot of companies are moving, they want to be there,” said Trump.

Trump stressed that these developments and improvements have “bode very well” with the Southeast Asian region.

“We want our partners in the region to be strong, independent and prosperous, in control of their destinies and satellites to no one,” he said. “These are the principles behind our vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

This year, the US-ASEAN cooperation marked its 40th anniversary.