MANILA, Philippines — One koi pond, five countries, 11 days and 66 tweets later, President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia — the longest of any U.S. president since George H.W. Bush — is over.

After extending his travels by a day to attend more of the East Asia Summit here, Trump finally headed home Tuesday after recapping his trip for reporters, however beleaguered from the travel they might be.

“Would you like to stop in another couple of countries?” he joked with the press. “‘Cause we can do that if you want.”

It was all well worth it, Trump said, promising with his characteristic understatement: “The fruits of our labor are going to be incredible.”

Here are the top takeaways:

1. Trump stayed on message, mostly

Though there was a steady stream of news, the usual Trump fire hose was — comparatively speaking — a modulated trickle.

The president repeatedly pounded his talking points on the need for “responsible nations” to unite against the North Korea nuclear threat and for “free and fair” trade that would benefit not just the U.S., but any country that chose to partner with and invest in America.

Nothing is perfect, of course. Trump did find himself off message briefly on the leg between Vietnam and the Philippines when he tried to clarify whether he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election.

And the language Trump used overseas was, well, not always diplomatic. It’s not every day you hear a president taunt the leader of North Korea as “short and fat.”




Image: Trump pours out the remaining fish food from a container as he feeds carp at a koi pond

President Donald Trump pours out fish food as he feeds carp at a koi pond with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 6, 2017. At first, Trump followed Abe’s lead by gently spooning out small amounts of feed but while Abe then gracefully slipped the remainder of his box into the pond below, Trump theatrically dumped the rest of his supply down to the fish. Abe laughed.