Reporter’s Notebook: Trump in Asia: A ‘Very Epic’ Charm Offensive

Like most things he undertakes, President Trump treated his 12-day trip as a test of his own personal charisma.

MANILA — The extravagant red-carpet welcome he received from President Xi Jinping in China, President Trump said, was one like no other American president had ever gotten.America’s relationship with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines — accused of a bloody campaign of extrajudicial killings in his nation’s drug war — was now “better than ever,” he proclaimed.After a meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, he said the two were developing “a very good feeling for each other...