His Asia trip winding down, Trump meets with allies


He called on other leaders to look at the progress of ASEAN community building, the direction of cooperation with dialogue partners as well as that of the ASEAN-led mechanisms such as the ASEAN Plus Three and the East Asia Summit.

On Sunday, he tried to have it both ways, saying he believes both the USA intelligence agencies when they say Russia meddled and Russian President Vladimir Putin's sincerity in claiming that his country did not.

Trump applauded the efforts as well, saying in a statement in April, "The Philippine government is fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs, a scourge that affects many countries throughout the world". I was just 16 years old.

"When I was a teenager, I would go in and out of jail", Mr Duterte said in remarks captured on camera.

Human rights, rule of law and due process were among topics Trump and Duterte would likely discuss during their bilateral talks, Sung Kim, U.S. ambassador to Manila, had said last month.

As regards the South China Sea, the official said there has been a "very clear" and "consistent message" from Trump on freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

"To try to paint it in any other way is, I think, astounding and, in fact, poses a peril to this country", Clapper said on "State of the Union".

In Danang, Duterte also targeted the United Nations' special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, who has been a frequent critic of the drug war.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, Friday.

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Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director, told Agence France Presse Trump and other world leaders should not copy their controversial host's signature fist salute as this could land them in hot water.

U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral trade deal that included several APEC member states, earlier this year.

"And Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been working to bring that vast country and all of its people together as one, and he is working at it very, very successfully", Trump said. And nearly all of them also have the same problem.

A photo posted by Duterte's aide on Facebook showed the two men smiling along with their officials, who also raised their fists against the backdrop of Japanese and Philippine flags.

Human rights group Karapatan said a meeting between Duterte and Trump on human rights will be "one big sick joke".

"Forget what they say, those human rights (activists)".

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blamed scheduling conflicts.

Thanking ASEAN and worldwide friends for providing assistance, the President said they were now in the process of helping people back on their feet to reclaim their lives.

Asean and China also highlighted the role of witnesses in identifying and prosecuting corruptors and said they would develop "an effective protection system for witnesses in corruption cases, where appropriate". Trump talked instead about their "great relationship".