Donald Trump calls Asia trip 'fruitful' with trade progress, nuclear reassurance

DA NANG VIETNAM- NOVEMBER 11 2017 Russia's president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump during

Donald Trump calls Asia trip 'fruitful' with trade progress, nuclear reassurance

During the two leaders' joint statement, Mr. Trump repeatedly praised Duterte and emphasized the importance of trade between the two nations, but did not explicitly highlight human rights abuses, as many of his predecessors have done while traveling overseas.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the ASEAN Summit in Manila.

Kine later said this photograph of Trump twisting his face as he held hands with Duterte over the weekend should "live in infamy".

Trump says the US needs to be "treated fairly and in a reciprocal fashion". Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs. Duterte has seemed less committed to the strategic partnership with the U.S.

In addition to meeting with Duterte, Trump is expected to attend the Association for Southeast Asian Nations conference on Monday to urge allies to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will tell the Philippine president there have been too many killings in his war against drugs. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called Trump's Asia visit "embarrassing", asserting that the president is not ready for "primetime".

The U.S. Congress is now investigating Russia's alleged meddling in 2016 last year's United States presidential election.

Modi says Trump "has expressed a very high opinion of India" in his travels.

As the United States media parses President Trump's confusing comments that he believes the contradictory positions of both the U.S. intelligence agencies and Vladimir Putin, the White House is moving ahead with important bilateral cooperation with Russian Federation.

Trump was meeting Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dining with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ahead of the East Asia summit in Manila. Duterte has received worldwide 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.

"Instead of demanding concessions on trade; instead of demanding the same equal access to markets we provide to Chinese firms; instead of addressing the sordid history of intellectual property theft and extortion; Trump was eager to let China off the hook – to say it was not their fault", but rather the failure of American presidents, he charged. It is unclear whether Trump raised the issue of human rights when he saw Duterte.

"In my view", he told The Times, "President Trump has been fueling North Korean crisis by conducting fierce verbal attacks against North Korea's Kim Jong-un intentionally".

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