Trump praises relations with Philippines' Duterte

Trump praises relations with Philippines' Duterte

Trump praises relations with Philippines' Duterte

Mr Trump has faced criticism for praising Mr Duterte during a phone call for the "great job" he was doing to counter illegal narcotics.

He offered no evidence for this assessment. I'm very proud of you.

We are your ally.

On Sunday, Duterte crooned hit Filipino love song "Ikaw" (You) at a gala dinner for summit leaders in Manila, saying it was on "the orders" of Trump.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sat in for him at the summit, which was scheduled to run into the evening.

Police used water cannons on the demonstrators as they marched along Taft Avenue, about 6 kilometers away from the venue of the leaders summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations.

In a trip that was dominated by the North Korean nuclear crisis, Trump was treated to pomp and pageantry in Japan and South Korea, where he repeatedly blasted the regime of Kim Jong-Un.

He told reporters on Air Force One that he had delivered his prepared remarks during the lunch instead of the summit meeting.

The number represents the greatest support for Trump in Asia, according to Pew Research, which added, "Globally, a median of just 22 per cent say they are confident that Trump will do the right thing when it comes to global affairs".

Analysts say the headline figure hides a paucity of deliverables, with lots of the agreements being non-binding memorandums of understanding.

Roque later said Trump focused during the roughly 40-minute session on concerns about tariffs being imposed on American vehicles but not Japanese ones. "Those deficits are going to be cut very quickly and very substantially", Trump said. Trump, by contrast, said on Monday he had a "great relationship" with Duterte.

Trump boasted about hundreds of billions in trade deals his trip would bring the United States, though that number is subject to change. We have to have reciprocal trade.

Before leaving Vietnam, Trump formally transferred the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau to Hanoi to assist what the U.S. terms "freedom of navigation" patrols - as a show of strength against Beijing's efforts in recent years to flex its muscles in the South China Sea that has put China at odds with almost every one of its maritime neighbors.

Trump's appalling defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin after a meeting in Vietnam was another sad example.

Also yesterday, McGovern and Hultgren reminded Duterte that "sovereignty" is not a free pass for a government to slaughter people, in an apparent reaction to the Philippine leader's invoking independence as he again responded with threats to worldwide criticism over his controversial war on drugs.

President Trump said goodbye to Asia Tuesday, after visiting five countries, attending three global summits and meeting with more than half-a-dozen foreign leaders.

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