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Duterte serenades Trump during Asia tour

Donald Trump addresses the APEC CEO summit in Vietnam but his remarks on Russian intervention in the 2016 elections have made the headlines at home. AFP  Jim Watson Duterte serenades Trump during Asia tour
Rufina Vignone | 14 Novembre, 2017, 11:44

"President Trump could have used his self-described "close relationship" to put pressure on President Duterte and his administration to change their deadly approach to the anti-drug campaign to a policy based on health and human rights", she tells Bustle. "It was not brought up", said Harry Roque, a Duterte's spokesperson, after the two leaders met privately for bilateral talks. Duterte has come under intense criticism from human rights advocates for overseeing a violent drug crackdown that includes extrajudicial killings.

In Hanoi on Sunday, Trump also pointed to sanctions the USA has imposed on Russian Federation as punishment for election meddling. But their relations have been strained by anti-U.S. outbursts from Duterte and his enthusiasm for better ties with Russian Federation and China.

Trump heads for the USA later Tuesday.

"Instead of demanding concessions on trade; instead of demanding the same equal access to markets we provide to Chinese firms; instead of addressing the sordid history of intellectual property theft and extortion; Trump was eager to let China off the hook – to say it was not their fault", but rather the failure of American presidents, he charged.

"Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of the world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula", Pyongyang's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Kine later said this photograph of Trump twisting his face as he held hands with Duterte over the weekend should "live in infamy".

Mr Duterte, who has spoken highly of Mr Trump, said last week he would tell the U.S. president to "lay off" if he were to raise accusations of rights violations.

"It was red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably ever received", Trump said. "And that really is a sign of respect, perhaps for me a little, but really for our country".

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 White House has suggested the president may designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

"Except us", Turnbull chimed in, to laughs.

"We've got the same values and the same focus on ensuring that the North Korean regime comes to its senses and stops its reckless provocation and threats of conflict in our region", he said.

However, the White House's version of events contradicts that of the Philippines' statement, which said that "there was no mention of human rights".

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