The US president’s comments wavered from aggressive to conciliatory as he visited Japan, South Korea and China – and finally made a stop in Vietnam

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Donald Trump spent the week bouncing around Asia, his mood swinging wildly from deferential and complimentary to, well, fiery and furious. After dropping in on Hawaii – “See you in Pearl Harbor!” he had told the press cheerfully on Friday – he quickly picked up the theme of the North Korean nuclear menace, telling dictators at a US base near Tokyo not to “underestimate American resolve” but also suggesting he would be happy to sit down with Kim Jong-un at some point. Trump made sure he got in a round of golf with one of his best friends on the world stage, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, along with the five-time PGA Tour winner Hideki Matsuyama, who elicited a rare show of self-awareness and perhaps even modesty from Trump: “If I come back and say I was longer than him, don’t believe it.”

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