Trump says he’ll work fast to nix trade deficits


WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he’ll work “as fast as possible” to eliminate sizable trade deficits with U.S. trading partners.

Trump said in a speech Wednesday that a key goal of his just-concluded Asia trip was to insist on fair and reciprocal trade.

He says it’s “unacceptable” that the U.S. trade deficit with other nations stands at about $800 billion a year.

Trump says, “We are going to start whittling that down as fast as possible.” He did not say how he planned to achieve that goal.

Trump was recapping what he says are the successes of his nearly two-week trip to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

He is calling the trip “historic” and says the United States was treated with “incredible warmth, hospitality and most importantly respect.”

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