US President Donald Trump has promised to "drain the swamp" of Washington's politics as usual but his inability to fill top agency positions has led to erratic policy signals towards Asia. Photo: Getty Images

US President Donald Trump has promised to “drain the swamp” of Washington’s politics as usual but his inability to fill top agency positions has led to erratic policy signals towards Asia. Photo: Getty Images

US President Donald Trump has promised to "drain the swamp" of Washington's politics-as-usual but his inability to fill top Asia specialist positions has led to choppy policy signals toward the region. Photo: Getty Images

April 6, 2017 11:37 AM (UTC+8)