WASHINGTON DC: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has described his three-day official visit to the United States as a manifestation of the recognition of Malaysia as a significant global player.
Looking visibly upbeat at a press conference on his last day of the visit, Najib said the trip was a huge success that coincided with the 60th anniversary of not only Merdeka but also Malaysia-US bilateral ties.
"I am very happy to be received in this manner by US President Donald Trump as not only a prime minister but as a friend."
He said his visit was stress-free and very positive.
"Despite the negative stories back home, which are nonsense, they didn't materialise.
"This has been a stress-free and happy visit and I am delighted that I made the decision to accept his invitation. The visit could not have been better."
The opposition and some sections of the US media had criticised his visit.
Najib said the warm reception by Trump and his cabinet members proved the criticisms wrong and untrue.
Najib said the recognition of Malaysia as a significant global player was proof that the criticisms were unfounded.
The US recognition also came in the form of Trump presenting a senior line up that included
Vice-President Michael Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, National Security Advisor Lieutenant-General H.R. McMaster, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, and US ambassador to Malaysia Kamala Lakhdhir in the delegation meeting with him and the Malaysian entourage.
"This demonstrates that we have succeeded as a nation. If we are a failed state, it would have been impossible to get the recognition from Trump."