Trump missed key session in Asia summit because it was delayed

Trump missed key session in Asia summit because it was delayed
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President Trump on Tuesday skipped a plenary session of a summit with Asian leaders in the Philippines, which was delayed several hours, and began his journey home to the U.S. 
 
The president attended a lunch with other leaders before heading to the airport in Manila. He later said the summit schedule had been running about three hours behind. Trump also did not appear in a group photo with his counterparts.
 
Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One he delivered prepared remarks at the luncheon instead of the plenary session. Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonOvernight Defense: Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital | Mattis, Tillerson reportedly opposed move | Pentagon admits 2,000 US troops are in Syria | Trump calls on Saudis to 'immediately' lift Yemen blockade Trump has yet to name ambassadors to key nations in Mideast Mattis, Tillerson warned Trump of security concerns in Israel embassy move MORE attended the session in his place, according to a reporter in the room. 
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“Oh, the lunch was great,” Trump told reporters. “Everybody was there. They were delayed three hours, as you probably heard. There was a delay for some reason. But we had a lunch, and they let me make my opening — my ending remarks at the lunch. So that was really great.”
 
Despite the early exit, Trump declared his Asia trip a success. He said the visit produced $300 billion in business deals and stronger relationships with other leaders. 
 
"We've explained that the United States is open for trade, but we want reciprocal trade," Trump said. "We want fair trade for the United States, because with past administrations — as I said in China and I said very loud and very clear — the United States has been taken advantage of."