Trump embraces Duterte as Asia trip winds down

DA NANG VIETNAM- NOVEMBER 11 2017 Russia's president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump during

President Donald Trump is wrapping up his extensive trip to Asia with an global summit and one-on-one meetings with worldwide partners, including his Philippine host who is overseeing a bloody drug war.

"As to whether I believe it, I'm with our agencies", Trump said.

"I believe that he feels that he and Russian Federation did not meddle in the election", Trump said in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Democrats panned Mr. Trump's trip, saying he succumbed to the flattery of red-carpet treatment from Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Trump said his trip had resulted in at least $300 billion, possibly triple that figure, of deals being agreed.

Multiple congressional committees are also investigating.

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, called the threat from Russian Federation "manifest and obvious".

"To try to paint it in any other way is, I think, astounding and, in fact, poses a peril to this country", he said on CNN.

Duterte said last week he would tell the US president to "lay off" if he raised the issue of human rights when they met.

Monday morning, USA news readers awoke to find that while their president-who has called mainstream media the "enemy of the American people", and singled out reporters for abuse-was not echoing Duterte's most extreme language on reporters, they were finding some common ground on the subject.

The two spoke during an economic conference in Danang, Vietnam.

"So today, importantly, President Trump and President Putin expressed their satisfaction with these arrangements and confirmed that they would continue until the final defeat - the final defeat of ISIS - is achieved".

President Trump wrapped up his marathon trip through Asia on Tuesday, citing progress on trade deals, greater respect in foreign capitals for US power and prestige, and reassurance of allies over nuclear tensions with North Korea. "It's now time to get back to healing a world that is shattered and broken".

Trump also visited Japan, South Korea and China.

Trump was originally scheduled to depart Manila on Monday but he added a day to the visit so he could more fully participate in one of the summits.

Trump's original schedule had him skipping the summit.

A senior Democrat leader has alleged that Donald Trump's visit to Asia has been one of the most "embarrassing" foreign trips taken by a U.S. president as he could not demand concessions from China on trade and failed to highlight Beijing's "unfair" trade practices.

Early on Monday, about 1,000 protesters clashed with riot police as they tried to reach the convention centre where the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings were held.



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