Vietnam

McCain: ‘We Will Not Waterboard’
Former POW breaks with Trump on torture and trade

“What does it say about America if we’re going to inflict torture on people?” Arizona Sen. John McCain asked at a security conference on Saturday. (Daniel A. Anderson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In a passionate address Saturday, Sen. John McCain promised that the U.S. would not reinstate waterboarding as an acceptable interrogation technique under any circumstance.

The Arizona Republican made it clear that any attempt by the new Trump administration to bring back waterboarding, a procedure which simulates drowning, would be immediately challenged in court, according to The Associated Press.

8,300 Miles Later, Obama Dines With Anthony Bourdain
Duo filmed episode of chef's cable show in Hanoi to air in September

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, seen here at Turner Upfront 2016 in New York City, dined with President Obama on Monday in Hanoi. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Turner)

President Barack Obama spent nearly a full day traversing the nearly 8,300 miles from Washington to Hanoi, Vietnam. And his Monday dinner companion was an American television personality.  

Obama dined with CNN’s Anthony Bourdain at Bun cha Huong Lien on a tight street lined with onlookers in the Vietnamese capital. A White House official said the duo chatted over their meal for an episode of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” that will air in September on the cable network.  

Vietnam Trade Embargo Lifted, Ending 50-Year Policy
Obama announces rescinding of ban in Hanoi

President Barack Obama and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang answer questions at a news conference in Hanoi on Monday. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

The Obama administration will lift a decades-old ban on lethal weapon sales to Vietnam, ending one of the last vestiges of both the Vietnam conflict and the Cold War, President Barack Obama announced at a Hanoi news conference Monday.  

Obama dismissed suggestions that the change was related to China's growing strength in the region, but said it will "ensure that Vietnam has access to the equipment it needs to defend itself."  

Three Potential Missteps Awaiting Obama in Asia
Will president resist a non-apology apology in Hiroshima?

White House officials have insisted that President Barack Obama will not apologize for the World War II atomic bombings during his visit to Hiroshima. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama will be looking to further shape his legacy during a week long trek across Asia that will highlight a massive trade deal and military cooperation with allies.  

But as Obama presses the region's leaders to formalize a trade pact he wants as a cornerstone of his legacy and travels to a city where nearly 200,000 people were killed by an American nuclear bomb, the swing is rife with potential pitfalls.