Alpha-Male Bromance' Solidified as Trump Vows Support for 'Bloodstained' Duterte

The effigy was shaped like a swastika

The effigy was shaped like a swastika

However, at some point into the banquet, Duterte, seated next to Trump in his formal Philippines long-sleeved white shirt, suddenly stood up and startled his guests with a vocal performance. Trump raved about his accomplishments during the five-nation journey, including on trade and North Korea, but said he would wait until his return to Washington on Wednesday to elaborate with a "major statement".

"They really hit it off", Mr. Duterte's Communications Secretary Martin Andanar told reporters after the meeting with Mr. Trump.

Breaking with his presidential predecessors, Trump has largely abandoned publicly pressing foreign leaders on human rights.

In Hanoi earlier on Sunday, Trump said he was prepared to mediate between claimants to the South China Sea, where four ASEAN countries and Taiwan contest China's sweeping claims to the busy waterway.

The P15.5-billion budget for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders' Summit should have been given to starving and dying Filipinos across the country, the progressive solon said. "It was President Duterte who discussed 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, merely nodding his head, indicating that he understood the domestic problem that we face on drugs", Roque said. "I take care of my country", Duterte said. "We do not talk about these things because, first of all, they are not true; and the second is, we do not do it", Duterte said on Sunday upon his arrival from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vietnam. "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies". "They have similar feelings toward former U.S. President Barack Obama". "And also I think Mr. Trump is, for whatever reason, either intimidated by Mr. Putin, afraid of what he could do or what might come out as a result of these investigations", Brennan said.

Previously, Trump also praised Duterte's handling of the war on drugs, saying that Duterte was doing an "unbelievable job".

Brennan said Trump's ambiguity on Russia's involvement was "very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint".

Questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election have followed President Donald Trump to Asia.

Multiple congressional committees are also investigating.

"President Trump specifically said that he has always been a friend of the Duterte administration, and that like previous administrations of the United States, he stressed that he can be counted upon as a friend of the Duterte administration", he added.

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