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Trump Trip: Why Asia Is So Important to the U.S.

President Donald Trump has lunch with U.S. and South Korean troops along with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

SEATTLE -- President Trump says he and the president of South Korea "will figure it all out" when it comes to North Korea. Mr. Trump was tweeting from Japan before he departed Tokyo for Seoul Tuesday morning. South Korea is the second stop on the his 12-day trip to Asia.

This is an important trip for President Trump and the U.S. because Asia is now one of the most important regions in the world – if not the most important – and the U.S. influence there is waning.

On the KOMO Midday News (weekdays 1-3pm), Professor Don Hellmann at the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, talked about the trip and what we might expect. (Click the picture above to hear the audio).

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