It's said that President Trump's tour of the Pacific nation-states will be the longest amount of time that an American leader will spend in the region since 1991. Much like President George H.W. Bush then, Donald Trump means to defend the American worker when talking with Pacific leaders about trade deals. While Trump claims that free trade agreements have destroyed American jobs, "the Donald" has specifically targeted increased deficits from those trade deals, even threatening allies to withdraw from them.

US threatening potential withdraws Pacific commerce agreements

Prior to leaving for the Pacific region, Trump said that the US trade deal with china was "embarrassing" and "horrible" because of the increased deficit. In fact, Donald also told his Cabinet leaders that every trade deal that the US had with other countries was "disastrous." This only makes trade policy experts even more concerned that the President would carry out his consistent threats to withdraw from most trade deals. The President has also complained about increased deficits with trade deals the US has with Japan and South Korea.

During his 12-day-tour, the President will be at the Association of South East Asian Nations in the Philippines where he will be promoting more bilateral agreements with those nations, suggesting that it will be a win-win approach.

But much of the claims the young presidency has touted are said to be misleading and wrong. In fact, it only shows that the administration is not interested in making a real effort to negotiating any compromise. While many economists have lamented that the Trump administration will start a trade war, leaders in the Pacific have apparently already begun to plan deals with other countries in order to break away from the US and replace in its absence.

As Trump abandons deals, others move in

Since the campaign trail, Donald Trump has said that he would pull the US out of the Paris Climate Accord which he announced within the early months of his administration. The US cannot officially withdraw from the international climate agreement until November of 2020, but the declaration provided an opening for China.

Not to mention with the President breaking the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement which would have included the US as the twelfth power player for the region, but now deals with China replacing the US which only adds to their power in the Pacific.

One of the other deals (not related to trade) that the President has decided to eventually withdraw the US from is the Iran nuclear deal. Donald Trump also attacked the agreement on the campaign trail, saying that it was the worse deal ever made. But by withdrawing from it, other regional powers and the European Union would only come in to take over. The view is that this would add to further isolating the US and weaken it from being the main decision-maker on sanctioning Iran. Now, without any signs that Trump's approach will improve, it's only a matter of time before China takes the lead.