President Trump Caught Off-Guard By 'ASEAN-Way Handshake'

14 Novembre, 2017, 11:42 | Autore: Santina Resta
  • The two leaders had several informal meetings at the conference in Vietnam

During the bilateral meeting, Trump cited the "great relationship" between the United States and the Philippines and thanked the host country for "the great treatment you have given us".

Manila - A day after being criticised by President Donald Trump, a former Central Intelligence Agency director questioned whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was manipulating Trump with flattery during the president's lengthy trip to Asia.

When White House reporters traveling with Trump asked whether the issue of human rights had come up at a meeting between the two presidents Monday, both Trump and Duterte declined to respond.

A communications official with the Duterte administration said the Philippines president and Trump "really hit it off".

"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 U.S. on North Korea, Syria and other issues.

The protesters say they are concerned the leaders are not giving human rights enough attention and will not be addressing poverty in the region as they would like to see it.

Trump heads for the USA later Tuesday. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't say if Trump had been critical of Duterte's violent war on the illegal drug trade.

While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the only foreign leader who visited Mr. Trump at Trump Tower before his inauguration in January, rolled out the red carpet for the president, journalists in Tokyo had mixed opinions about the Japan leg of the trip.

President Donald Trump is holding friendly talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India as he nears the end of his lengthy Asia trip. Modi says relations between the USA and India are "growing very rapidly" and "getting deeper and more comprehensive".

Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, was responding to a question about whether Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation tried to sway last year's election in his favor.

Duterte's aggressive crackdown on drug traffickers and users in the Philippines has resulted in thousands of extrajudicial murders.

"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".

Handshakes must be awkward, full stop, if you have tiny baby hands - but even so, Donald Trump looks in agony in this group handshake shot.

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

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