US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One after attending the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 14, 2017. The US president was in the Philippines with leaders of 18 other nations for two days of summits, the final leg of a headline-grabbing Asian tour dominated by the North Korean nuclear crisis. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

‘BYE, ASIA. US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One after attending the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 14, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP
MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – US President Donald Trump skipped the East Asia Summit (EAS), leaving the Philippines a few hours earlier than planned on Tuesday, November 14, putting an abrupt end to his marathon 5-nation Asia tour.
In a statement, the US embassy said that Trump had to leave the Philippines early because “the ASEAN meeting schedule for today was delayed.”
“In order for the President to maintain his departure schedule, he had to leave before the plenary session. He was able to present remarks during the lunch,” said US embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina.
Trump was in the Philippines for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits, the last stop of his 12-day trip …
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