The President Of The Philippines Sang A Love Song For Donald Trump

Bruno Cirelli
Novembre 14, 2017

In a separate bilateral meeting with Duterte, Trump said he and other leaders had a "tremendous time" during the gala dinner.

President Donald Trump is spending the final day of his Asia trip attending the East Asia Summit in the Philippines.

Then, looking around, he turned to the leaders that flanked him - Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to his right, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to his left - and simply extended his arms outward, only to find that wasn't quite right either.

"It is disappointing that President Trump might have ignored the opportunity to raise the horrifying human rights abuses in the Philippines, and left a proper discussion off the table", Rachel Chhoa-Howard, a researcher for Amnesty International in the Philippines, tells Bustle.

"Every time he sees me, he says: 'I didn't do that.' And I believe - I really believe - that when he tells me that, he means it", Trump said, arguing that it makes no sense for him to belabour the issue when Russian Federation could help the United States on North Korea, Syria and other issues. But, the White House admitted, there was only a brief reference to human rights during the closed-door talks.

Trump heads for the US later Tuesday.

Duterte cursed Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, past year for raising concerns about the war on drugs and he subsequently declared that he was breaking with the United States, a close ally of the Philippines since World War Two.

With cameos in 12 Hollywood films and 14 television series, a twice-Emmy nominated reality program, and a stint as owner and producer of the world's most prominent beauty pageant, US President Donald Trump knows a top-notch act when he sees one.

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

He jointly met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with whom he had a contentious phone call last winter, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who hosted the president in Tokyo earlier in the trip.

Earlier in the day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the plight of Rohingya refugees and extra-judicial killings in the Philippines at the summit, sensitive human rights issues skirted by nearly all the others.

Trump is teasing a "major statement" on trade and North Korea in Washington on Wednesday when he returns.

Mr. Duterte's actions have alarmed human rights advocates, who say as many as 9,000 people have been killed in the crackdown on drug trafficking. Trump raved about his accomplishments on his five-nation journey, particularly on trade and on North Korea, which the White House has suggested may be designated a state sponsor of terror.

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