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Trump wrapping up Asia trip with meetings with US partners

Trump wrapping up Asia trip with meetings with US partners

As part of his Asian trip, President Trump met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The two leaders did talk about the country's brutal war on drugs, which has left thousands of people dead. "It was President Duterte who brought up with President Trump the drug menace in the Philippines, and the United States president appeared sympathetic and did not have any official position on the matter but was merely nodding his head".

"Every time he sees me, he said: 'I didn't do that.' And I believe - I really believe - that when he tells me that, he means it", President Trump said. He's also applauding the Philippines' on their staging of the conference. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't say if Trump had been critical of Duterte's violent war on the illegal drug trade.

Though the USA administration has been under pressure to raise Duterte's drug war in Manila, Trump will likely focus on building rapport and personal friendship with his Filipino counterpart.

But the ICC has yet to respond and, despite some vocal critics in the West, Duterte goes into the Manila summits full of confidence that Trump and the others will effectively endorse his rule by not speaking against the killings.

During his meeting with Trump, Duterte is expected to discuss ways to enhance counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics cooperation, where both allies share common concerns.

"In the old days, we used to call on the USA government to raise human rights issues during these trips", said John Sifton, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. Trump told Duterte in a telephone call in April that he was doing a "great job" with his campaign against drugs.

Duterte is determined to show that even the USA president is behind him, while Trump is eager to display his personal diplomacy and ability to win back estranged allies.

A day after being criticized by President Donald Trump, a former Central Intelligence Agency director questioned whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was manipulating Trump with flattery during the president's lengthy trip to Asia. "The relationship appears to be very warm and very friendly", said Philippine spokesman Harry Roque about the rapport between the two presidents on Monday. The election of Trump, however, precipitated an unmistakable recovery in bilateral ties.

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"I think Mr. Putin is very clever in terms of playing to Mr. Trump's interest in being flattered". This raised red flags for many, especially because Duterte is far from the only dictatorial leader whom Trump has complimented.

Multiple U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election to try to help President Trump win.

Questions about whether Trump believes the assessment about Russian election-meddling have trailed him since January, when he said for the first time, shortly before taking office, that he accepted that Russia was behind the election-year hacking of Democrats that roiled the White House race.

Former CIA director John Brennan said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump is trying to "delegitimize" the intelligence community's assessment.

Video from the summit in the seaside city of Danang, Vietnam, showed President Trump and Putin shaking hands and chatting, including during the world leaders' traditional group photo. Duterte has received global criticism for the human rights situation in the Philippines right now, from Filipinos (although many do like him), human rights organizations, and various governments alike - including President Obama.

According to leaked documents, the White House even supports Duterte's anti-drug campaign.

In China, Trump squandered the opportunity to deliver an unequivocal message condemning Beijing's unfair trade practices and its unsafe military adventurism in the South China Sea.

But swirling questions about Russian Federation followed Trump halfway across the globe.


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