Center for Strategic Communication

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — and across the ocean. This week, the President traveled to Turkey, the Philippines, and Malaysia. He met with world leaders at the G-20 summit in Antalya and APEC leaders in the Philippines. That’s November 13th to November 19th or “Crossing Every Timezone.”

Friday, November 13th

  • On Friday, the President expressed our solidarity with the French people, after terrorists attacked their capital city.

Sunday, November 15th

  • The dialogue on our efforts to combat ISIL continued through the weekend, when the President crossed the Atlantic on his way to Turkey, the first stop on his 10 day trip to Asia.
  • One 10-hour flight later, the President arrived at the ripe hour of 6:56 AM, where he began a full day of meetings with world leaders. First he met with the host country’s President Erdoğan. Then, he took a family photo with the G-20 leaders, and later held a bilateral meeting with King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Monday, November 16th

  • On Monday, the President continued his whirlwind of meetings. He kicked it off with a meet and greet with local embassy staff, and then onto the G-20 summit.
  • In the afternoon he met with four European leaders from the UK, Germany, Italy, and France. And later, the President held a news conference where he answered questions about the terror attacks in Paris, and how the United States and the 65 members of the coalition we lead will further intensify our efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.

Tuesday, November 17th

  • On Tuesday, the President flew another 11 hours to reach the Philippines. Soon after Air Force One touched down in Manila, the President was off to the Port of Manila to inspect a ship that once was part of our coast guard until we provided it to the Philippine Navy to shore up maritime security in the South China Sea.
  • Then the President held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia.

Wednesday, November 18th

  • Wednesday kicked off another meeting and press conference — this time with the host country’s President Aquino. Later, the President spoke with enthusiastic business leaders in the Asia Pacific that are dedicated to making an impact and the global challenge to combat climate change.
  • That afternoon, the President and other APEC leaders took a family photo before a meeting about the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a new trade agreement that will level the playing field for American workers and American businesses.
  • The President capped off a busy day with a group photo before sitting down to dinner and a cultural performance.

Thursday, November 19th

  • On his final day in Manila, the President headed into his last round of meetings with APEC world leaders to discuss regional integration and the global economy.
  • He followed that up with two one-on-one meetings. The first with Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and then Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan.

It’s been a busy cross-continental week, so stay engaged with us online, and remember, you can find out more about any of these topics and see complete videos at And stay tuned next week when the President’s journey in Asia concludes in Kuala Lumpur.