Trump's long trip to Asia

Beset by challenges at home, President Donald Trump on Friday, Nov. 3 embarked on the longest trip to Asia by an American president in more than a quarter century, looking for help to pressure North Korea to stand down from a nuclear crisis.

Trump’s tour of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines from Friday to Nov. 15 will take him out of Washington, where he has been beset by several issues.

These include an intensifying federal investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election, New York’s recovery from an attack that killed eight people and debate over a tax-cut plan that if approved by Congress would be his first major legislative victory.

The last time a U.S. president was in Asia for so long was in late 1991 and early 1992, when President George H.W. Bush became ill at a Japanese state dinner.

Trump then visited Japan and South Korea in search of a united front against North Korea before going to Beijing, where he pushed Chinese President Xi Jinping to get tougher with Pyongyang.

Trump attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, made a state visit to Hanoi and will end his trip with the Association of South East Asia Nations summit in Manila. (Reuters)

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Philippines: Aboard Air Force One

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters aboard Air Force One at Ninoy-Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, before traveling to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii and then on to Washington. Trump is wrapping up a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Philippines: ASEAN-way handshake

U.S. President Donald Trump, second from right, reacts as he does the “ASEAN-way handshake” with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, second from left, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on stage during the opening ceremony at the ASEAN Summit at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Nov. 13, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. Trump initially did the handshake incorrectly. Trump is on a five-country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Philippines: Reaching to grab hands

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, reacts as he does the “ASEAN-way handshake” with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, left, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on stage during the opening ceremony at the ASEAN Summit at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Nov. 13, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. Trump initially did the handshake incorrectly. Trump is on a five-country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Philippines: A toast during gala dinner

U.S. President Donald Trump toasts with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during the gala dinner marking ASEAN’s 50th anniversary in Manila, Philippines, Nov. 12, 2017. (Photo: Athit Perawongmetha/AP)

Vietnam: Welcome ceremony

Vietnamese children wave flags before a welcome ceremony of U.S. President Donald Trump at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, Nov. 12, 2017. (Photo: Luong Thai Linh/AP)

Vietnam: Sitting in motorcade

U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the motorcade after arriving at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, Nov. 11, 2017. (Photo: Minh Hoang/AP)

Vietnam: Hanoi arrival

President Donald Trump looks on a young girls wave U.S. and Vietnamese flags as he arrives in Hanoi on Nov. 11, 2017. Trump arrived in the Vietnamese capital after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit leaders meetings earlier in the day in Danang. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Vietnam: Trump and Putin talk

President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam, Nov. 11, 2017. (Photo: Jorge Silva/Reuters)

Vietnam: family photo session at the APEC Summit

Leaders attend the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam, Nov. 11, 2017. (Top L-R) Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Taiwan’s representative James Soong, (bottom L-R) Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, President Donald Trump. (Photo: Jorge Silva/Reuters)

Vietnam: Trump and Putin talk

President Donald Trump chats with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11, 2017. (Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images)

Vietnam: Trump and Tran Dai Quang talk

Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang talks to U.S. President Donald Trump at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries said they reached an agreement Saturday to proceed with the free-trade Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that was in doubt after President Trump abandoned it. However, an immediate formal endorsement by the countries’ leaders meeting in Vietnam appeared unlikely. (Photo: Jorge Silva/Pool Photo via AP)

Vietnam: Trump and Putin shake hands

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they take part in a family photo at the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam, Nov. 10, 2017. (Photo: Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters)

Vietnam: APEC Family photo

Leaders and their spouses pose for a family photo ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit leaders gala dinner in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 10, 2017. (Photo: STR/Vietnam News Agency/AFP/Getty Images)

China: Melania vists the Great Wall

First Lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, in Beijing, Nov.10, 2017. (Photo: Thomas Peter/REuters)

Vietnam: Trump with U.S. military veterans

President Donald Trump delivers remarks before signing a proclamation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War during an event with U.S. military veterans in Danang, Vietnam, Nov. 10, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Vietnam: APEC CEO Summit

President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in Danang, Vietnam, Nov. 10, 2017. (Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/Pool/Reuters)

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Vietnamese cheer as the convoy transporting President Donald Trump passes by on Nguyen Van Linh Road on Nov.10, 2017 in Danang, Vietnam. (Photo: Linh Pham/Getty Images)

China: Trump boards Air Force One

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One to depart for Vietnam from Beijing Airport in Beijing, China, Nov. 10, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

China: Arabella Kushner sings

Arabella Kushner, granddaughter of President Donald Trump, sings traditional Chinese songs in a video as part of Trump’s toast as China’s President Xi Jinping hosts a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Nov. 9, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

China: State dinner

President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, second from right, and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan, right, arrives for a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Beijing. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

China: Trump meets with Li Keqiang

President Donald Trump meets with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Photo: Thomas Peter/AFP/Getty Images)

China: A calligraphy class

First Lady Melania Trump and China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan (2nd L) paint the eyes onto Panda figures in a calligraphy class during a visit to Banchang Primary School in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Photo: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

China: Handshakes

President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping shakes hands after making joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Nov. 9, 2017. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

China: Welcoming ceremony

President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, Nov. 9, 2017. (Photo: Thomas Pete/Reuters)

China: Welcoming ceremony

Military troops march during a welcoming ceremony for U.S. President Donald Trump in Beijing, China, Nov. 9, 2017. (Photo: Thomas Pete/Reuters)

China: Welcoming ceremony

President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, Nov. 9, 2017. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

China: At the opera

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania and China’s President Xi Jinping pose with opera performers at the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

China: Jared Kushner and H.R. McMaster share a drink

President Donald Trump’s White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, share a drink together before President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a Chinese opera performance at the Forbidden City, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Beijing, China. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

China: Forbidden City visit

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania visit the Forbidden City with China’s President Xi Jinping and China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan in Beijing, China, Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

China: People try to get a glimpse

People try to get a glimpse of President Donald Trump as his motorcade passes by Tiananmen square in Beijing, China, Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

China: Trump arrives

Children wave U.S. and Chinese flags as President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Beijing Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Beijing. (Photo: Pang Xinglei/Xinhua via AP)

South Korea: National Cemetery visit

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump burns incense at the South Korean National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

South Korea: Trump speaks at the National Assembly

President Donald Trump speaks at the National Assembly on Nov. 8, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

South Korea: Trump speaks at the National Assembly

President Donald Trump delivers a speech as South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun, top, listens at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo: Lee Jin-man, Pool/AP)

South Korea: Trump and Moon toast

President Donald Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in share a toast during a state dinner in his honor at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 7, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

South Korea: Trump and Moon shake hands

President Donald Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in shake hands during a meeting at South Korea’s presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 7, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

South Korea: Welcoming ceremony

(L to R) South Korean President Moon Jae-In President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and South Korean first lady Kim Jung-Sook attend the welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House on Nov. 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

South Korea: Welcoming ceremony

President Donald Trump, center, and Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president, walk past an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (Photo: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

South Korea: Trump lunches with U.S. troops

President Donald Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in have lunch with troops at U.S. military installation Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Nov. 7, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

South Korea: Trump kisses Melania

President Donald Trump kisses first lady Melania Trump as they arrive at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)