After postponing UK visit, Trump prefers Philippines for his first state visit


US President Donald Trump selects the Philippines as the first country he will visit since he assumed the White House chief executive post back in January this year.

This announcement came after Trump cancelled his first foreign state visit in the United Kingdom scheduled last February.

In an online story of FoxNews24, the US president has asked the Queen of Britain, Queen Elizabeth II to postpone the date she expects to be visited by him.

According to Trump, he has already planned a visit to the Philippines and wants it to be the first country to visit.

Trump said that the ties that had existed for over a century between the US and the Philippines are dying out and ‘fixing’ it is of much importance to him.

In a Rappler story, Malacañang’s protocol Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr. said Trump’s state visit here will coincide with the holding of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit which the Philippines is hosting this November.

Paynor, who is also the Director-General for Operations of the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Counci said when President Rodrigo Duterte called Trump in December 2016 to congratulate him on his victory in the US presidential election, Trump had already indicated that he is coming in November.

Aside from the leaders of the 9 other ASEAN member states, leaders of the US, Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and other dialogue partners of the regional grouping are expected to grace the event.

Paynor expects “100%” attendance of ASEAN leaders and their dialogue partners in the November summit.

“Multilateral meetings of this sort, you usually expect 100% attendance. Many of the leaders who do not attend do so because of internal issues,” he said.