On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that US President Donald Trump had welcomed all the Southeast Asian leaders to meet next month in Las Vegas. Last year, the meeting was dismissed after several Southeast Asian leaders skipped the meeting with the US after US President Donald Trump refused to attend their regional summit in Thailand.
During a news conference, Mr Pompeo was asked whether the summit would get delayed due to coronavirus fear when he replied confirming the date. “The ASEAN summit is still, we’re working our way through it for … the second weekend in March in Las Vegas,” Pompeo said.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit will be attended by US President Trump and is scheduled to take place on March 12 in Las Vegas, the gambler’s paradise.
Following the cancellation of a Pacific Rim summit by Chile scheduled for November in the wake of major demonstrations, the US started sounding out Southeast Asian leaders about visiting. Last year, Trump had skipped an ASEAN summit and parallel East Asia Summit in Bangkok.
He instead sent his national security advisor, Robert O’Brien, in the lowest-level participation ever by the United States in the East Asia Summit. Following the event, a meeting with O’Brien was ignored by most of the ASEAN leaders who sent junior officials who were of more parallel rank.