Trump to ‘keep a close eye’ on Philippines, China as the region gets hit by typhoon
President Donald Trump is set to keep a close watch on the Philippines, Vietnam and China as Tropical Storm Guillain-Barré threatens to derail the region’s economy, his spokesman said Monday.
Trump, who has been meeting with leaders from the region on Monday, has been warning about the potential impacts of the storm on the Southeast Asian nation, which has a long history of political instability and a poor reputation as a destination for international travel.
He said Monday that he and other Southeast Asian leaders would meet later this week to discuss how best to prepare for a hurricane.
Trump has been urging the leaders to help him evacuate Southeast Asia after Hurricane Matthew killed at least 14 people in the Philippines and forced thousands to flee their homes.
He also urged the leaders of the three countries to help secure aid to the Philippine government and the people of the Philippines.
Trump was traveling from Manila to Jakarta on Monday night and had previously urged leaders from countries that have been hit by Typhoon Haiyan to help the Philippines prepare.