Protests, “WelcomeToKenya” Signs, Greet Trump In Hawaii

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on November 5th, 2017

Hawaii, USA: Hawaiians beating drums, carrying “Welcome to Kenya” placards and signs cheered former President Barak Obama – who was born and spent part of his childhood in the state -as President Donald Trump visited the Pearl Harbor memorial on Friday, ahead of his 12-day trip to Asia for meetings with key allies in the region.

Trump said that he has not yet been to the floating memorial of the Pearl Harbor attack, and that the visit “is going to be very exciting for me.” The president, joined by the first lady at the USS Arizona Memorial, laid a wreath of white flowers on the water over the site.

The president’s arrival in Hawaii was met by disruptive protests against his immigration policies by Hawaiians beating drums and cheering former President Obama, who was born and spent part of his childhood in the state.

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A flyer was distributed around the island ahead of Trump’s visit reading “Hawaii 3, Trump 0” along with the words, “Wish you weren’t here.” The score is a reference to the state’s judicial challenges of the president’s travel ban.

Trump’s stop in Hawaii comes at the beginning of his five-country visit to Asia, the longest visit by a U.S. president to the continent since President George H.W. Bush.

Upon arriving in the Pacific state, Trump reaffirmed that he would extend his trip an extra day to attend the East Asia Summit in the Philippines, which he said was the most vital day of the trip.

The summit will take place after Trump’s attendance at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the Philippines, as well as visits to Japan, South Korea, China and Vietnam.

President Donald Trump has left for Asia. He called Japan a “treasured partner and crucial ally” as he kicks off a tour of Asia.

Trump addressed service members at Yokota Air Force base outside Tokyo immediately after arriving in Japan on Sunday morning. He thanked Japan “for welcoming us and for decades of wonderful friendship between our two nations.”

Trump and first lady Melania Trump were welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd. The president was given a bomber jacket. He quickly put it on after removing his suit jacket and said: “I like this better.”

Trump also told the service members that he wanted to “celebrate your achievements.”

Japan is the first stop on Trump’s five-nation tour of Asia.

Trade will factor heavily during Trump’s trip as he tries to persuade Asian allies to agree to policies more favorable to the United States, a point Trump emphasized. He has been blaming countries including Japan and China for enlarging US trade deficits.

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